On Tuesday, June 29, provincial officials announced that Step 3 of B.C.'s reopening plan will kick off on July 1.
Dr. Bonnie Henry noted that 78% of eligible British Columbians have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose and over 30% have received their second.
She said that cases remain low, as do hospitalizations.
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Henry noted that B.C. health orders will be removed and replaced with targeted restrictions and guidance.
What's changing in Step 3?
As of July 1, the provincial mask mandate will be lifted and mask-wearing will be a personal choice in indoor public settings. It is still recommended for all people 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated.
The restrictions on personal gatherings will also be lifted. Organized gatherings will have eased restrictions. Indoors, 50 people or 50% capacity will be allowed. Outdoors, 5,000 people or 50% capacity will be allowed.
At restaurants, you can dine in groups of up to six indoors or outdoors with anyone you like. Night clubs will be allowed to open with up to 10 people at tables, but no dancing. Socializing between tables won't be allowed at bars or restaurants.
This is the third of four steps to reopening and the final step is expected to come about in September.