Summer is here. Last week on June 15, we entered Step 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Thanks to everyone’s collective efforts and commitment to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s one more step in bringing people back together!
Step 2 means small backyard BBQs, birthday parties, movie theatres, sports games, and many more chances to get back to doing what we love. Here are some examples of new things we can now do in Step 2:
- Travel recreationally anywhere in B.C.
- Host outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people
- Hold indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people
- Attend indoor faith gathering of up to 50 people, or 10% of a place of worship’s total capacity, whichever is greater
- Go to a movie theatre or live theatre
- Watch outdoor sports (maximum of 50 spectators)
- Stay later at a restaurant or bar, with liquor service extended until midnight
- Go to indoor fitness classes (low-intensity or high-intensity) with reduced capacity
I am so grateful for all the sacrifices by everyone here in our community, and across British Columbia. These have made it possible for us to get to where we are now. More than 76% of adults are vaccinated with their first dose, and second doses are well underway. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to steadily decline. This summer, I’m so excited to that we’ll be able reconnect with loved ones, safely enjoy everything our province has to offer, and to welcome the better days ahead.
We’ve come so far in our fight against COVID-19. But as we look forward to brighter days, we must stick to public health protocols and remain vigilant in stopping the spread. Masks are still mandatory in indoor public spaces, physical distancing remains a requirement, and as always, stay home if you are sick and get tested. I encourage everyone to check in with their friends and loved ones aged 12+ to make sure everyone is registered to receive their vaccine at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.
As always, if you have questions or need any assistance with vaccination information, provincial COVID-19 supports, or any other provincial issue, please reach out. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.