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: November 16, 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, 2021, 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.

PHO guidance and orders

Increased social contact is allowed. If you or anyone in your family feels sick, stay home and get tested immediately

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination is required to access many businesses, events and services.

Masks in public indoor settings

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

Activities

New things you can do

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

Proof of vaccination is required for many indoor organized gatherings.

Travel

Federal proof of vaccination is required for some domestic and international travel.

Businesses

Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs

  • No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, events allowed
  • Return to normal liquor service hours
  • No dancing

Casinos


Proof of vaccination is required to access many businesses and services.

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

Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 

Sports and exercise

Proof of vaccination is required for spectators and adult participants at indoor and outdoor sporting events.


Step 4

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. 

In Step 4, most province-wide restrictions can be lifted. Proof of vaccination requirements will continue in some settings. Regional restrictions may remain in place, in areas with higher COVID-19 case counts. 

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 concerts
Travel
Businesses
  • 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