BC's Restart: A plan to bring us back together

BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. 

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Last updated: August 24, 2021

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Understand the plan

BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. 

How we move through the steps

To move through the steps, we're looking for:

  • Declining COVID-19 case counts
  • Increasing vaccination rate in people 18+
  • Declining COVID-19 hospitalizations, including critical care
  • Declining COVID-19 mortality rate

Share the message about staying safe

Download and print these posters to help share the message about staying safe and moving forward at a pace that feels comfortable.


Steps 1 and 2: Complete

On May 25, we gradually began to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. 

The criteria for Step 1 was at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. Step 1 went from May 25 to June 14.

Physical distancing and masks continued to be required in public indoor settings.

 

Activities

New things you could do

Personal gatherings
  • Outdoor personal gatherings up to 10 people
  • Indoor personal gatherings up to 5 people or 1 other household

Examples of a personal gathering include having friends over to your house or meeting up with friends at a park. 

Organized gatherings
  • Outdoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 10 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Indoor or outdoor worship services of up to 50 people that follow COVID-19 safety rules
Travel
  • Recreational travel within your travel region allowed
  • Non-essential travel between travel regions continues to be restricted
Businesses
  • Indoor and outdoor dining for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble)
  • Liquor served until 10 pm
Offices and workplaces
  • Start a 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 sport activities

 

 The criteria for Step 2 was at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. Step 2 went from June 15 to June 30. 

Physical distancing and masks continued to be required in public indoor settings.

 

Activities

New things you could do

Personal gatherings
  • Outdoor personal gatherings up to 50 people (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties)
  • Indoor personal gatherings up to 5 people or 1 other household
  • Playdates
Organized gatherings
  • Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Outdoor organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Indoor or outdoor worship services of up to 50 people that follow COVID-19 safety rules

Consultation with the sector begins for next steps on indoor and outdoor organized gatherings. 

Travel
  • Recreational travel within B.C. allowed
  • BC Transit and BC Ferries offers increased service as needed
Businesses
  • Indoor and outdoor dining for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble)
  • Liquor served until midnight
  • Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan

Consultation with sector associations begins for next steps on easing restrictions. ​

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Small, in-person meetings allowed
  • Employers must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and daily health check in place
Sports and exercise
  • Indoor high and low intensity group exercise allowed with reduced capacity
  • Indoor and outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed
  • Outdoor spectators up to 50 allowed, no spectators at any indoor sport activities

 


We are in Step 3

The criteria for Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Masks in public indoor settings

Wearing masks in indoor public settings helps stop the spread of COVID-19.

PHO guidance

 

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
Organized gatherings
Travel
Businesses

Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs

Casinos


Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers. 

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan.

Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 

Sports and exercise


Step 4: Earliest start date September 7

The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.

PHO guidance

  • 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

Activities

New things you can do

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
Businesses
  • To operate, businesses will continue to follow communicable disease prevention guidance
Offices and workplaces
  • Workplaces fully reopened
Sports and exercise
  • Return to normal sport competitions when following communicable disease prevention guidance
  • Increased outdoor and indoor spectators