Friday, July 2, 2021

As of yesterday, BC is in Step 3 of our Restart Plan. So far nearly 80% of British Columbians have had their first dose of the vaccine, and our declining case counts show us that vaccines are working.

We have been able to move to Step 3 because of our collective efforts and sacrifices. Thank you for everything you’ve done these past fifteen months to keep yourselves and our community safe.

I encourage you to visit this page for complete details about our Restart Plan and what Step 3 means for you and your family. Here are a few highlights of the new changes and what we can now safely do:

You can attend normal indoor and outdoor personal gatherings, including sleepovers.
Restaurants, bars, and pubs are no longer limited to 6 people per table.
Fitness classes can resume with normal capacity. 
Indoor and outdoor sports can have more spectators.
Travellers from across Canada are welcome.

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. While masks are no longer mandatory, individual businesses and organizations may still choose to require masks in their spaces. Some people may still want to wear masks in many settings, and that’s ok. 

Step 3 brings us closer to normal, but the pandemic is not yet behind us. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is the time to do so. Remember to continue washing your hands, staying home when you’re feeling sick, and make sure to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. When socializing with friends and family, be mindful of everyone’s individual comfort level, and as always, be kind, be calm, and be safe.

Thank you,