VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C. remains steady, as the province records 108 new infections.
On Tuesday, a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are 139 COVID patients in the hospital, up slightly from 136 on Monday. Thirty-nine of those patients are in the ICU, down from 42 on Monday.
Of the new cases, 53 are in the Fraser Health region and 11 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Another 37 are in the Interior Health region.
B.C. did not record any COVID-related deaths in the past day.
There have been 54,559 COVID vaccine doses administered since Monday, for a total of 4,102,905. Of those, 657,491 are second doses.
On Tuesday, B.C. entered the second stage of its restart plan, no longer restricting travel for locals. The province continues to advise against all non-essential travel from out of B.C.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed. Gatherings of the same size are also permitted for seated, indoor, organized events, such as at movie theatres and banquet halls, with safety precautions.
That means birthday parties, backyard barbeques, and other events with no more than 50 people in attendance are a go. Weddings are allowed, but receptions would be limited to seated dinners. Dancing is not yet allowed under this stage of the re-opening plan.
When it comes to gatherings at your home, British Columbians are still being encouraged to keep them small, saying five visitors or one other household can visit a personal residence.
Indoor or outdoor religious worship services of up to 50 people that follow COVID-19 safety rules are permitted.
You can dine at a restaurant with a group of up to six people who aren’t in your household. As part of the changes in phase two, liquor can now be served until midnight, with last call extended after months of early cut offs.
Indoor high and low intensity group exercise workouts are now allowed. However, reduced capacity remains in place.
When it comes to team sports, both indoor and outdoor games and practices are allowed for both adults and younger people. Spectators are also permitted outdoors, with a cap at 50. People are still not able to watch indoor sports.
If all goes to B.C.’s plan, life will be pretty much back to normal by September.
On Monday, B.C. recorded 68 infections, which was the lowest daily figure since last September.