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Timeline: B.C.'s restart plan

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 at 11:11 am PDT

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Life in B.C. is starting on a new road to recovery with a four-stage plan, ending with everything pretty much as we knew it by September.

As of June 15, we will be in step 2 of the four-step plan.

Here, you will find a breakdown of the gradual changes, first by date and then broken down by category:

Summary timeline by date

Step 1: May 25

Prerequisite: 60 per cent of adult population with Dose 1, COVID-19 cases stable, hospitalizations stable

  • Masks mandatory in indoor, public spaces
  • Physical distancing required
  • If sick, get tested and stay home
  • Maximum of five visitors or one household allowed for indoor, personal gatherings
  • Maximum of 10 people for outdoor personal gatherings
  • Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
  • Recreational travel only within travel zone (travel restrictions extended)
  • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people, with safety protocols
  • Resume outdoor sports games and practices with no spectators, low-intensity fitness with safety protocols
  • Start gradual return to workplaces
  • Province-wide mask mandate, business safety protocols, and physical distancing measures remain in place
  • Return of indoor in-person faith-based gatherings at a reduced capacity, based on consultation with public health

Step 2: Mid-June (June 15)

Prerequisite: 65 per cent of adult population with Dose 1, cases declining, COVID-19 hospitalizations declining

  • Masks mandatory in indoor, public spaces
  • Physical distancing required
  • If sick, get tested and stay home
  • Maximum of 50 people for outdoor social gatherings
  • Maximum of 50 people for seated indoor organized gatherings (examples: banquet halls, movie theatres, live theatre) with safety protocols
  • Consultation process to prepare for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings with safety protocols
  • No B.C. travel restrictions — check local travel advisories
  • Indoor sports (games) and high-intensity fitness with safety protocols
  • Spectators for outdoor sports (50 maximum)
  • Provincewide mask mandate, business safety protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place

Related article: B.C. to allow larger gatherings, no more provincial travel restrictions Tuesday

Step 3: Early July (July 1 earliest date)

Prerequisite: 70 per cent of adult population with Dose 1, cases low, COVID-19 hospitalizations declining

  • Masks recommended
  • Careful social contact
  • If sick, get tested and stay home
  • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted
  • Returning to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans
  • Nightclubs and casinos reopened with capacity limits and safety plans
  • New public health and workplace guidance around personal protective equipment, physical distancing and business protocols

Step 4: Early September (Sept. 7 earliest date)

Prerequisite: More than 70 per cent of adult population with Dose 1, cases low and stable (contained clusters), COVID-19 hospitalizations low

  • Masks a personal choice
  • Normal social contact
  • If sick, get tested and stay home
  • Returning to normal social contact
  • Increased capacity at larger organized gatherings
  • No limits on indoor and outdoor spectators at sports
  • Businesses operating with new safety plans
B.C. restart plan
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

Summary changes by category

Public health guidance:

May 25: 

  • Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces
  • Physical distancing
  • If sick, get tested and stay home

June 15:

  • Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces
  • Physical distancing
  • If sick, get tested and stay home

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Masks recommended
  • Careful social contact
  • If sick, get tested and stay home

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Masks a personal choice
  • Normal social contact
  • If sick, get tested and stay home

Personal gatherings:

May 25:

  • Outdoor personal gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Indoor personal gatherings of up to five visitors
  • Example: host a small dinner party

June 15:

  • Outdoor personal gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Indoor personal gatherings of up to five visitors or one household
  • Playdates
  • Example: Attend an outdoor block party

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Return to usual for indoor or outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
  • Example: Attend a family reunion

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Normal social contact
  • Example: Throw a Halloween party
B.C.'s restart plan
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

Organized gatherings:

May 25:

  • Indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 10 people with safety protocols
  • Outdoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people with safety protocols
  • Return of indoor in-person faith-based gatherings at a reduced capacity, based on consultation with public health
  • Example: Attend a small outdoor wedding ceremony

June 15:

  • Indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people with safety protocols
  • Example: Go to a movie

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
  • Nightclubs and casinos re-opening
  • Fairs and festivals allowed with safety protocols
  • Example: Meet friends at a summer fair

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Increased capacity on large organized gatherings
  • Example: Go to a concert
B.C. restart plan
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

Travel:

May 25:

  • Recreational travel within your travel zone
  • Ban on non-essential travel between zones
  • Example: Go camping within your travel zone

June 15:

  • B.C. recreational travel
  • Provincial travel restrictions lifted
  • Example: Go on vacation to a B.C. resort

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Canada recreational travel
  • Examples: Host friends or family visiting from out of province, visit friends or family outside B.C.

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Canada recreational travel
  • Examples: Host friends or family visiting from out of province, visit friends or family outside B.C.

 

B.C. restart plan travel
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

Sports and Activities:

May 25:

  • Low-intensity indoor fitness classes with limited capacity
  • Outdoor local team games and practices for all ages, no spectators allowed
  • Example: Pilates class

June 15:

  • High-intensity indoor fitness classes with limited capacity
  • Indoor team games and practices for all ages, no spectators allowed
  • Maximum 50 spectators for outdoor games and practices
  • Example: Watch your kid’s soccer game

July 1 (earliest date):

  • All indoor fitness classes with increased capacity
  • Limited numbers of indoor spectators
  • Example: A drop-in fitness class

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Increased outdoor spectators
  • Increased indoor spectators
  • Return of normal sport competitions with safety protocols
  • Example: Sit in the stands and watch your team play

 

B.C. restart plan - sports
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

 

Businesses:

May 25:

  • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people seated together
  • Liquor served until 10 p.m.
  • WorkSafeBC COVID-19 safety protocols unchanged
  • Example: Go out for dinner with a small group of friends

June 15:

  • Liquor served until midnight
  • Banquet halls re-open with limited capacity and safety protocols
  • Example: Go out for dinner with a small group of friends, stay out and enjoy alcoholic beverages later

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Indoor and outdoor dining with no group size limit
  • Liquor service restrictions lifted
  • Bingo halls, casinos, nightclubs re-open with limited capacity
  • Safety protocols remain in place
  • Example: Go any direction down grocery store aisles

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Continue to operate based on new safety plans
  • Example: Go dancing with friends

 

B.C. restart plan businesses
(Courtesy: B.C. government)

Businesses:

May 25:

  • Work from home guidance lifted
  • Start gradual return to offices and workplaces
  • Existing Safety plans remain in place
  • Example: Work in the office a few days per week

June 15:

  • Continue return to work
  • Small in-person meetings
  • Example: See more co-workers

July 1 (earliest date):

  • Seminars and bigger meetings
  • Operate based on new safety plans
  • Example: Go to a group meeting outside the office

Sept. 7 (earliest date):

  • Fully re-opened offices and workplaces
  • Plan an office holiday party
B.C. restart plan - offices and workplaces
(Courtesy: B.C. government)