Update: June 14, 2021 – Step 2 will begin June 15, 2021.
The Government of BC held a press conference today to announce the end of the temporary Circuit Breaker (put in place at the end of March) and introduce a new four-step plan to bring the province back together. The BC Restart Plan, starting May 25, 2021, means British Columbians can gradually begin to restart important social connections, businesses and activities.
The government emphasizes that getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. The criteria for Step 1 is at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately
BC Restart Plan for Summer 2021 – Step 1
|Activities||New things you can do|
|Personal gatherings||Outdoor personal gatherings up to 10 people|
Indoor personal gatherings up to 5 people or 1 other household
Examples of a personal gathering include having friends over to your house or meeting up with friends at a park.
|Organized gatherings||Outdoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan|
Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 10 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
Work with faith-based leaders to bring back in-person worship servicesExamples of an organized gathering include wedding ceremonies or funerals.
|Travel||Recreational travel within your travel region allowed|
Non-essential travel between travel regions continues to be restricted
|Businesses||Indoor and outdoor dining for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble)|
Liquor served until 10 pm
|Offices and workplaces||Start a gradual return to workplaces|
Employers must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and daily health check in place
|Sports and exercise||Indoor low intensity group exercise allowed with limited capacity|
Outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed
No spectators at any indoor or outdoor sport activities
The criteria for moving to Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 2 is June 15.
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.
The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.
View the full BC Restart Plan online for details and Provincial Health Office guidance.