Get those dancing shoes ready!

In a live press conference Tuesday, BC Health officials announced their next steps in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the province.

The announcement included changes for personal and organized gatherings, sporting events and restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

According to officials, starting at 11:59 p.m. on February 16th, restaurants, bars and nightclubs will return to full capacity and mingling between tables and dancing will also be permitted.

Nightclubs in BC were closed from March 2020 to July 2021.  At that time, they were permitted to re-open under the province’s reopening plan, however, mingling between tables and dancing was not permitted.

In December 2021, bars and nightclubs were ordered to close under updated public health orders, and in January these orders were extended. 

Restrictions also included table limits in restaurants, allowing no more than 6 people per table.

All COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be lifted starting 11:59 p.m. on February 16th.

Masks and proof of full vaccination via BC’s Vaccine Card will still be required. 

As of today, 90.5% of British Columbians 12 and over received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 55% of eligible kids 5 to11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the province, BC is one of the most vaccinated jurisdictions in the world. 

“BC has a very high level of population immunity to the virus, estimated >90% have either been vaccinated or probably infected,” the province said in a media release.

 

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