A list of the four steps in B.C.'s restart plan

Flickr By CKPG Today COVID-19 B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

As of June 15, outdoor gatherings will be permitted for up to 50 people while indoor socializing will remain capped at five people.

Premier John Horgan arrives to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty's Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021.

The province's restart plan is separated into four steps, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stressed that only the first one - which begins Tuesday - is set in stone.

"In some places, let's say like Vancouver Island, where we're counting cases on a daily basis in the single digits, it certainly makes sense to loosen the mask mandate sooner rather than later", he said.

While the travel restriction barring B.C. residents from moving between the government's three designated travel zones for non-essential reasons remains in place, officials said residents are free to travel recreationally within their own zone. Indoor sports can also resume at that point, and up to 50 fans will be allowed at outdoor sporting events.

- A maximum of 50 people would be allowed to hold outdoor social gatherings, with 50 seated indoors at organized gatherings in banquet halls, movie theatres and live theatres as long as safety protocols are being followed.

Businesses will continue to operate based on safety plans, and offices can fully reopen for regular business.

Starting May 25, low-intensity indoor fitness classes that were suspended during BC's circuit breaker will be allowed to return.

By mid-June, BC's restart plan hopes to allow for up to 50 spectators at outdoor team sports.

British Columbians were required to wear masks in public places beginning in October 2020, and for now they remain mandatory.

- Nightclubs and casinos reopened with capacity limits and safety plans.

- A return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.

A spokesman for an organization representing Canada's largest airlines said in a statement B.C.'s plan gives clarity to the industry and consumers.

The plan shows a return to near-normal in just over a month if cases and hospitalizations keep going down and the rate of vaccinations keeps rising.



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