Provincial Health Officer orders on gatherings and events, establishments serving food and alcoholic beverages, and gyms and fitness centers have been extended.
Health officials first announced new restrictions on gatherings and events at a Dec. 17 press briefing and added additional changes Dec. 21. From couples hoping to tie the knot with a grand reception to businesses hosting large celebratory events, the ordinance states that no indoor gatherings are permitted. In addition, bars, nightclubs, fitness centers and dance studios have been closed.
Seated events have had their capacity reduced to 50% regardless of their room size, marking a break from the December 17 announcement that only rooms with more than 1,000 people would have their capacity limited.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes are allowed to remain open, but only a maximum of six people can be seated per table (plus physical distancing or barriers). Guests cannot mingle between tables.
The new orders took effect on December 22 at 11:59 p.m. and were due to expire on January 18. However, the British Columbia Ministry of Health confirmed in an email to Glacier Media that they have been extended and an update will be provided. at the January 18 briefing.
Overview of public health orders in British Columbia
The new guidelines follow several changes to the Public Health Act announced on December 17, which include restrictions on gatherings and events.
The BC Vaccine Card Program has been expanded to cover events of all sizes, regardless of the number of people attending. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters at an earlier briefing that the order “no longer starts with events of 50 or more people, which has been the case for the past few years. last months”.
Indoor gatherings continue to be limited to one household plus 10 other people or one other household. Anyone attending a gathering must be vaccinated; no unvaccinated person can attend parties or social gatherings. That said, BC’s top doctor encourages people to keep personal gatherings as small as possible and to stay in the same group.
All sports tournaments are also canceled until orders are lifted.
In addition to commands, the PHO strongly recommends:
- Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoors
- Reduce social interactions
- Ensure adequate ventilation indoors by opening windows
- Avoid all travel, if you are not fully vaccinated
- Follow the current federal travel advisory
- Stay home if you feel sick
View all BC provincial and regional restrictions on the government website.