Province-Wide Restrictions Plan
Last updated: July 7, 2021
Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act and others are made under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Most orders can be enforced by police and compliance and enforcement officials.
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Visit the BC Government website for full details on BC’s province-wide restrictions.
PHO on Gathering and Events
There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings.
Organized gatherings have some capacity restrictions. Examples of organized gatherings include wedding ceremonies or funerals.
Indoor Organized Gatherings
Indoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 500 people, 250 people can attend.
Outdoor Organized Gatherings
Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 30,000 people, 15,000 people can attend.
PHO on Restaurants, Pubs, and Bars
Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan.
There are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining:
- Venues can determine their own table limits
- No socializing between tables
- No dancing
- Liquor service hours return to normal
Casinos can operate with reduced capacity. Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity across the sector.
Indoor High-Intensity and Low-Intensity Group Exercise
Indoor high intensity and low-intensity group exercises are allowed with normal capacity.
Gyms and Recreation Facilities
Gyms, pools, and recreation facilities can operate with normal capacity.
Masks are recommended in indoor public settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
- You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after Dose 2
- Masks are optional for children aged 2 to 12
- Children under 2 should not wear masks
- Proof of vaccination does not need to be requested by service providers
- Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay
During a public health emergency under the Public Health Act, the PHO can make orders as needed.
Some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials.
You must follow the orders. Individuals who do not follow these orders could be fined.
Learn more about BC’s violation tickets for unsafe COVID-19 behaviour here.