Recreational Travel Allowed in B.C as Province’s Restart Plan Moves Ahead

Recreational travel within the province and outdoor gatherings with up to 50 people will soon be allowed in B.C. as it moves ahead to the next step of its reopening plan.

Officials announced Step 2 will begin Tuesday, as hoped since case counts and hospitalizations have steadily dropped in recent weeks while vaccinations rose.

Under Step 2, the following will be allowed:

Recreational travel across B.C.

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.
  • Organized indoor gatherings of up to 50 people, in places like movie theatres or banquet halls.
  • Indoor team sports and fitness classes.
  • Indoor faith gatherings with up to 50 people, or 10 percent of the building’s total capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Alcohol service at restaurants, bars and pubs until midnight.

Masks and physical distancing are still mandatory. Personal indoor gatherings must remain small: just one additional household or five other people.

People who don’t live in B.C. are still asked to avoid travelling to the province.

“My advice to non-British Columbians: If you don’t have business here that’s essential … then please stay where you are,” said Premier John Horgan.

B.C.’s reopening efforts began last month with relaxed restrictions on gatherings, sports events, and both indoor and outdoor dining. Step 3 is set to begin July 1, if case counts and vaccination rates continue trending in the right direction.

The entire four-step plan could see virtually all public health restrictions lifted by Sept. 7. Residents would be allowed to attend live concerts, watch indoor sports events and leave their masks off.

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