B.C. Restart Plan

Last updated: June 14, 2021

The Government of British Columbia has just announced B.C.’s Restart Plan and outlined the road the recovery.

B.C.’s Restart – a four-step plan to bring B.C. back together will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols such as mask-wearing and physical distancing remaining in place and mandatory during the initial two steps of the plan.

The step-by-step plan will follow approximate timelines and will ease people and businesses slowly out of the pandemic.

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An overview of the four steps can be found below:

See the B.C. Government website for full details.


Step 1 – May 25, 2021

Step 1 begins on May 25, 2021, with at least 60% of the adult population having received Dose 1, along with stable COVID-19 case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

PHO guidance under Step 1 is as follows:

  • Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings.
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.

Under Step 1, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Personal Gatherings
    • Maximum of five visitors or one household allowed for indoor personal gatherings.
    • Maximum of 10 people for outdoor personal gatherings.
  • Outdoor Gatherings
    • Maximum of 10 people for seated indoor organized gatherings with safety protocols.
    • Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols.
  • Travel
    • Recreational travel only within travel region (travel restrictions extended).
    • Non-essential travel between regions continues to be restricted.
  • Business
    • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people with safety protocols (not restricted to your household or bubble).
    • Liquor served until 10PM.
  • Offices and Workplaces
    • Start gradual return to workplaces.
    • Employers must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and daily health check in place.
  • Sports and Exercise
    • Indoor low-intensity group exercise allowed with limited capacity.
    • Outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed.
    • No spectators at any indoor or outdoor sports activities.


Step 2 – June 15, 2021 

Step 2 will begin when 65% or more of the adult population has received Dose 1, cases continue to decline, and COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining.

The earliest date for Step 2 is expected to be June 15, 2021.

PHO guidance under Step 2 is as follows:

  • Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings
    If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.

Under Step 2, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Personal Gatherings
    • Outdoor personal gatherings up to 50 people (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties).
    • Playdates.
  • Organized Gatherings
    • Indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Travel
    • Provincial travel restrictions lifted.
    • Recreational travel within B.C. allowed.
    • B.C. Transit and B.C. Ferries offers increased service as needed.
  • Business
    • Liquor served until midnight.
    • Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Offices and Workplaces
    • Continued return to the workplace.
    • Small, in-person meetings allowed
  • Sports and Exercise
    • Indoor high-intensity group exercise allowed with reduced capacity.
    • Indoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed.
    • No spectators at any indoor sports activities.
    • Outdoor spectators up to 50 allowed.

Consultation begins in Step 2 for the next steps regarding:

  • Indoor and outdoor organized gatherings
  • Easing restrictions for businesses


Step 3 – Early July (Earliest Date: July 1)

Step 3 will begin when 70% or more of the adult population has received Dose 1, cases are low, and COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining.

The earliest date for Step 3 is expected to be July 1, 2021.

PHO guidance under Step 3 is as follows:

  • Masks are recommended in public indoor settings.
  • Engage in careful social contact.
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.

Under Step 3, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Personal Gatherings
    • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
    • Sleepovers
  • Organized Gatherings
    • Increased capacity at both indoor and outdoor organized gatherings with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
    • Fairs and festivals can operate with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
  • Travel
    • Canada-wide recreational travel.
  • Business
    • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining.
    • Liquor service restrictions lifted.
    • Bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs can operate with a limited capacity.
    • Businesses must operate based on a new sector COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Offices and Workplaces
    • Continued return to the workplace.
    • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed
    • Workplaces must operate based on a new sector COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Sports and Exercise
    • All indoor fitness classes allowed, usual capacity
    • Limited indoor spectators allowed


Step 4 – Early September (Earliest Date: September 7)

Step 4 will begin when more than 70% of the adult population has received Dose 1, cases are low and stable (contained clusters), and COVID-19 hospitalizations are low.

The earliest date for Step 4 is expected to be September 7, 2021.

PHO guidance under Step 4 is as follows:

  • Masks in public indoor settings a personal choice
  • Normal social contact
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.

Under Step 4, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Personal Gatherings
    • Return to normal personal gatherings and social contact.
  • Organized Gatherings
    • Increased capacity at large organized gatherings, like a concert.
  • Travel
    • Canada-wide recreational travel.
  • Business
    • Businesses will continue to operate based on the new COVID-19 safety guidelines and their updated COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Offices and Workplaces
    • Workplaces fully reopened.
  • Sports and Exercise
    • Return to normal sports competitions with an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
    • Increased outdoor and indoor spectators.