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: June 15, 2021

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Understand the plan

BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. 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

Step 1: Complete

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.

PHO guidance

  • 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
 

Activities

New things you can 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 religious 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

We are in Step 2

The criteria for Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

PHO guidance

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
Organized gatherings

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

Travel
Businesses

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

Step 3: Earliest start date July 1

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.

PHO guidance

  • 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

Activities

New things you can do

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
Businesses
  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining
  • Liquor service restrictions lifted
  • 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: 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
  • 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 sport competitions with an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
  • Increased outdoor and indoor spectators