VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. has marked another milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with more than five million doses administered province-wide.
More than 61,121 doses were administered in the past day, bringing the total to 5,002,916. Of those, 1,421,506 are second doses.
On Wednesday, the province recorded 44 new cases of COVID-19, including 17 in the Fraser Health region and 12 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
There were no new deaths, keeping the total at 1,754 since the pandemic began.
Of the 816 active cases, 108 patients are hospitalized. Thirty-four are in intensive care. Those figures are little changed compared to Tuesday.
B.C. enters stage 3 of its restart plan on Thursday, when masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor, public spaces. They will still be recommended in those spaces for people aged 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
As of Thursday, British Columbians will once again be allowed to dine in large groups at restaurants, bars, and pubs.
Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings will be allowed, and religious services will be able to take place as normal.
Nightclubs will also be permitted to open, though no dancing will be allowed and only 10 people will be allowed to sit together at a time.
Casinos can also reopen Thursday with reduced capacity, barriers, and a recommendation that people wear masks.
“With the start of Step 3 of the BC’s Restart plan coming into effect tomorrow, it is a time of renewal and reflection for all of us. While many of the orders will be amended or no longer be in effect, it is about the gradual restart of our province, moving at a pace that works for each of us,” reads a joint statement Wednesday from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.