(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov Flickr)

In a live press conference today, BC Health Officials announced new COVID-19 measures ‘for a safer holiday season’.

These measures include caps on indoor events of over 1000 people as well as indoor, personal gatherings at home. 

Starting Monday December 20th, capacity at large events of over 1000 people will be reduced to 50%, in an attempt to control the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. 

Indoor, personal gatherings will also be limited to the household/residents plus 10 individuals or one additional household . This measure includes rental and vacation properties.

The limit will apply to those aged 12+ who are fully vaccinated.

This measure will stay in place until January 31st 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

On Thursday, December 17th, BC Health officials announced 753 new cases, the most daily cases since the end October.

There have been 135 cases of the Omicron variant of concern identified in B.C., the most of any province in Canada.

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