During a live press conference Tuesday, BC Health officials announced new public health orders set to come into effect ahead of the holiday season. 

These new public health orders begin at 11:59 p.m. on December 22nd and continue throughout the new year until January 18th 2022. 

These new orders outline changes to indoor gatherings, fitness centres, sports tournaments and more. 

Under these new orders, restaurants will remain open, however, they will operate under new restrictions – similar to those from earlier in the pandemic.

Once these orders take effect, a maximum of 6 people will be permitted per table. No mingling between tables will be permitted.

Bars and nightclubs will be closed. 

In addition to the provincial health officer orders, the province is urging BC residents to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, to ensure proper ventilation indoors, to avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated.

BC averaged over 800 new COVID-19 cases per day over the weekend.

👋 Subscribe to the Victoria Buzz newsletter to receive the latest news, events and more directly to your inbox. Every weekday.