British Columbia lifts COVID-19 capacity limits on gatherings for much of the province
British Columbia lifted capacity restrictions on gatherings across much of the province on Monday, although some say not everyone will be ready to party like in early 2020 while wearing a mask.
Residents of certain areas of the province will be allowed to attend events such as hockey games, concerts and weddings without any number limits, but capacity will be limited to 50% in areas with COVID vaccination rates. -19 are low, including parts of the Fraser, Northern and Interior Health Regions.
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Participants in all events held in British Columbia will be required to wear a face cover and show proof of vaccination.
The move was eagerly awaited by businesses, including those that require reservations well in advance for events like weddings.
Harpal Sooch, owner of the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey, said he was cautiously optimistic about a resumption of business, even though most of the large banquets have been canceled and will not take place until next summer.
âIt’s my bread and butter for me and my family. The same goes for my partner, and the same with all the banquet halls which are mainly run by families. We were closed for 15 months, âhe said of his financial record.
Sooch said the room has been reserved for two next Diwali gatherings – one next Saturday and another two weeks later – and he hopes the business will start to thrive again as more people return to socialize like usually.
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But Sooch said not everyone is ready for the pre-pandemic type parties while they still have to wear masks, especially older people awaiting reminders and families with children under 12. years who cannot yet be vaccinated.
âThey’re not doing it. But I hope everything will continue, so by next summer everything will be fine, âhe said. âThis is what we hope for. “
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Heidi Tworek, a professor of health communications at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, said employers, businesses that expect more customers and even people who invite someone to dinner should expect a range of reactions because the lack of contact with people after nearly two years will have had an impact on the mental health of some people.
“Sometimes there is a basic assumption that each person is anxious to immediately regain their full potential,” she said, adding that while most people will have to get used to meeting with other people in Outside of their usual circle of contacts, those who suffer from an anxiety disorder will find it more difficult to be around those they do not know.
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People with specific health concerns in particular can ask questions about ventilation improvements in buildings, including their workplace, in order to feel safe. It will therefore be crucial to provide this information while being patient and flexible, Tworek said.
“There are a lot of people who are immunocompromised or have other reasons to worry, who feel like there is no transparency,” she said, noting that parents Vancouver-area schoolchildren have been spearheading their own efforts to document and share COVID-19 so families can decide to keep their child at home to protect the elderly or sick.
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Government announcements regarding the reopenings should include messages for people who are reluctant to resume their activities during the pandemic, Tworek said.
The day after capacity limits are lifted, British Columbia will require all healthcare workers in the province to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, after an October 12 deadline for employees in long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities.
Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said she had extended her order to all health care facilities, in part to prevent unvaccinated staff working with seniors from jumping to jobs elsewhere.
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