B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

B.C. enters step one of a four step restart plan

Elsewhere in the province, there were nine new cases in Island Health, 40 in Interior Health and eight in Northern Health.

Officials in B.C. will announce their plan today for getting life and the economy back toward normal by reopening parts of the province, as daily case counts continue to drop and the number of vaccinations rise.

"B.C.'s Restart plan provides a clear path for our future; one that will allow us to move forward and safely resume activities that have been on hold, without compromising the progress we have made in reducing COVID-19 community transmission", Dr. Henry and Dix said in the statement.

Provincial travel restrictions would also expire, opening up recreational travel across B.C., while up to 50 people would be able to attend outdoor sporting events.

There have been nearly three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines injected into B.C. residents' arms.

Organized gatherings indoors can have a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors.

The first reopening step includes a restart of indoor dining for up to six people, limited indoor social gatherings at home and the restart of limited indoor faith gatherings.

On Tuesday, the BC government unveiled its restart plan for the province, offering details and timelines for when there might be some semblance of normal across all sectors.

Eighty-four of Wednesday's cases were found in Vancouver Coastal Health, and 109 were found in Fraser Health.

A total of 137,517 people are considered fully recovered from COVID-19, representing 96 per cent of all recorded cases.

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