On July 1st, British Columbia will move into Step 3 of the province’s Restart Plan. After 16 months our lives will finally look closer to normal than ever. 

To date, over 78% of BC residents 18+ have received their first dose and over 30% of residents have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

A strong vaccination program along with low case numbers and low hospital rates allowed BC to move to Step 3 in the provincial restart plan, exceeding the original criteria set forth by the provincial government. 

Here’s how restaurants, nightclubs and casinos will operate in Step 3 of the province’s Restart Plan:

Restaurants, bars and pubs:

  • Table limits determined by venue (no longer limited to 6 people or less at a table)
  • Liquor service hours return to normal
  • Socializing between tables not permitted
  • Venues can host events

Nightclubs:

  • Up to 10 people seated at tables
  • No dancing
  • Socializing between tables not permitted
  • Tables should be positioned 2 metres apart
  • Operating at reduced capacity 

Casinos:

  • Operating at reduced capacity 
  • 50% of gaming stations permitted to open
  • Barriers and masks recommended

In order to operate, businesses must follow communicable disease prevention guidance.

As we move toward Step 3 of the Restart Plan, please remember to follow guidelines and respect the establishments you enter as they adjust to new regulations.

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