VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s taken a long time to get here, but British Columbians can now see a few more faces and go to more places as the province enters step two of its reopening plan, effective Tuesday morning.
The development comes after the province reported its lowest daily case count over the weekend, with a figure not seen since September of last year.
As part of phase two, here’s what you’re now allowed to do in B.C.:
Recreational travel is once again allowed within the province. Locals are now able to visit health zones outside of their own, and the province says both BC Transit and BC Ferries will be offering increased service, as needed. Vancouver International Airport is also ready to welcome people back for trips within B.C.
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The province continues to advise against all non-essential travel from out of province. Federal travel restrictions, including the continued closure of the Canada-U.S. border, also remain in place.
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 sit-down dinners. Dancing is not yet allowed under this stage of the re-opening plan.
Playdates are also now allowed.
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.
The province says it’s consulting with industry on next steps, as we eye a further easing of restrictions hopefully as soon as July 1.
Meanwhile, workplaces are continuing to bring employees back to the office. The province says employers must continue to have a safety plan in place, as well as daily health checks.
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.
-With files from Denise Wong