Province-Wide Restrictions

Last updated: April 1, 2022

Provincial restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act.

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Visit the BC Government website for full details on BC’s province-wide restrictions.


Upcoming Changes to Restrictions

On April 8, 2022 at 12:01 am, further restrictions will be lifted:

  • Proof of vaccination will no longer be required under public health orders to access businesses, events and services
    • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination for entry
    • Federal proof of vaccination is still required for federally regulated travel, like air travel
  • Businesses will no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC
  • Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for post-secondary student housing


Masks

Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required.

Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.

Masks and Federally Regulated Travel

You must wear a mask when travelling by air and other federally regulated travel.

Masks and Health Care Settings

You must wear a mask in all health care settings, like vaccine clinics and hospitals.


Gathering and Events

This content is a summary of the PHO order — Gatherings and Events (PDF, 522KB) document. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed. 

Personal Gatherings

There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings.

Organized Gatherings and Events

There are no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings and events.

  • Dancing is allowed
  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry (12+) until April 8

Worship Services

There are no capacity restrictions on worship services.

Exercise and Fitness

There are no capacity restrictions on any exercise and fitness activities.

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry (12+) until April 8

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools can operate at full capacity.

Sports Activities

All sports activities are allowed. Safety requirements for sports activities include:

  • Proof of vaccination is required for spectators (12+) and adult participants at indoor sporting events until April 8
  • Non-employee supervisors, coaches and assistants of indoor sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger must be fully vaccinated


Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, and Nightclubs

This content is a summary of the PHO order — Food and Liquor Serving Premises (PDF, 476KB) document. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed. 

Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs can operate at full capacity:

  • Normal liquor service hours
  • No limits on table size
  • Customers don’t have to remain seated
  • Dancing is allowed
  • Proof of vaccination required for entry (12+) until April 8


Visiting Long-Term Care or Seniors’ Assisted Living Facilities 

There are no capacity restrictions on visitors at long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities. You should check with your local facility about their policies before your visit.

During Your Visit

All visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting a long-term care or seniors’ assisted-living facility. Proof of vaccination is not required for:

  • Children under the age of 12
  • People with an approved medical exemption
  • Compassionate visits related to end-of-life

All visitors (12+) must also take a rapid point-of-care test at the entrance. People attending compassionate visits related to end-of-life do not have to take a test.

All visitors are also required to follow additional safety precautions, including screening for symptoms of illness and practicing hand hygiene.


Enforcement

During a public health emergency under the Public Health Act, the PHO can make orders as needed. You must follow the orders.

Some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials.

People who don’t follow these orders could be fined.