From COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Prevention

Please understand that in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we are working in alignment with provincial and federal health regulations and industry wide recommendations.  

The Province of BC moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan on July 1, allowing Canada-wide recreational travel, a return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by the venue, increased capacity for organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and more.

We are in Step 3

The criteria for Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, we transitioned to using Communicable Disease Prevention Guidance from WorkSafeBC.

The Canadian border remains closed to international visitors, including those who have been vaccinated. We are asking our international visitors to dream now and explore BC later when the time is right.

PHO order on masks in public indoor settings – UPDATES

Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

This includes:

  • Restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table
  • Areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided
  • Malls, shopping centres
  • Grocery and liquor stores
  • Airports
  • Coffee shops
  • On public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Libraries
  • Clothing and retail stores
  • Common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity
  • Common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations
  • Inside schools for all K to 12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12
  • Drug stores
  • Community centres
  • Recreation centres
  • City Halls

There are exemptions for:

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own
  • Children under the age of 12
  • People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment

A face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.

Note: The order will be reassessed when proof of vaccination and B.C.’s vaccine card are fully implemented.

PHO guidance


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*Please be advised that this page may be updated and changed regularly as we adjust to stay in accordance with Provincial health regulations and WorkSafe BC requirements.

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