Reopen plan for B.C. may mean normal life by September

Yolanda Curtis
May 26, 2021

Personal gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors and five people indoors, and seated organized indoor gatherings of up to 10 indoors or 50 outdoors are permitted in step.

Premier John Horgan arrives to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty's Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Indoor dining and outdoor sports with no fans in attendance can resume under certain restrictions, while the ban remains on non-essential travel outside of a health authority.

The province's restart plan is separated into four steps, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stressed that only the first one - which begins Tuesday - is set in stone.

Provincial travel restrictions would also expire, opening up recreational travel across B.C., while up to 50 people would be able to attend outdoor sporting events.

Masks will still be mandatory for indoor public spaces, continued physical distancing, and stay home and get tested if feeling sick.

An increased capacity at large gatherings like concerts will be permitted.

By June 15 at the earliest, the province plans to move into a second phase which would see a maximum of 50 people for outdoor social gatherings and 50 people for formal events indoors such as at banquet halls and movie theatres.

High-intensity indoor fitness classes will be acceptable after June 15 as well.

Other sectors will follow the existing safety protocols already in place.

- Nightclubs and casinos reopened with capacity limits and safety plans.

"As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will be closely following the guidance of public health and supporting people and businesses as we take the next steps in putting this pandemic behind us".

The plan shows a return to near-normal in just over a month if cases and hospitalizations keep going down and the rate of vaccinations keeps rising.

- No limits on indoor and outdoor spectators at sports.

Outdoor gatherings can increase to 50 outdoors, but indoor gatherings stay at a maximum of five.

The good news, which some doctors are calling ambitious, came Tuesday during a briefing on B.C.'s COVID-19 restart plan.

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