Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions in BC. Those changes will come into effect on February 17.
- Indoor personal gatherings can return to normal, while all indoor and outdoor organized gatherings such as weddings can return to normal with full capacity. However, masks and B.C. Vaccine Cards are still required for indoor organized gatherings.
- Indoor seated events such as movie screenings can also resume with full capacity, though also with masks and B.C. Vaccine Cards checked at the door.
- Fitness centres, adult sports, dance and swimming activities can return with full capacity. There are also no sports tournament restrictions. Again, masks and B.C. Vaccine Cards continue to be required at these venues.
- Mask wearing in B.C. is governed by the face coverings order that was updated on Dec. 3, 2021 and has no expiry date. It states that “properly worn face coverings are one measure that has been shown to suppress the transmission of (COVID-19) and to reduce the risk of contracting (COVID-19) in both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.”
Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people aged five and over. This includes coffee shops, inside schools, community centres, malls, retail stores, libraries and places of worship. There are exemptions for people with health conditions or mental impairments who cannot wear a mask, for people who cannot remove a mask on their own and people who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment.
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are now permitted to return to full capacity, with no table limits. Mingling and dancing are also allowed though masks and B.C. Vaccine Cards are still required at the door.
- The proof of vaccination requirement is unchanged and remains in place for the time being.
Source: Vancouver Sun.
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