BC COVID-19 Information

Provincial and regional restrictions

Some provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act. Regional restrictions may be in place for health authorities with lower vaccination rates.

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Last updated: November 17, 2021

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Regional restrictions by health authority

Some health authorities have additional restrictions in place for regions with lower vaccination rates. Orders are made by a region’s Medical Health Officer.

Fraser Health

Fraser Health has restrictions in place for the Fraser East region:

  • Abbotsford
  • Agassiz
  • Chilliwack
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Hope
  • Mission

Regional restrictions in Fraser Health (Fraser East region)

Interior Health

Interior Health has restrictions in place for every community in their health authority.

Regional restrictions in Interior Health

Northern Health

Northern Health has restrictions in place for all communities east of Gitwangak (Kitwanga). These restrictions do not apply to:

  • Haida Gwaii
  • Kitimat
  • Nisga’a
  • Prince Rupert
  • Snow Country
  • Stikine
  • Telegraph Creek
  • Terrace

PHO order on masks in public indoor settings

This content is a summary of the PHO order – Face Coverings (PDF, 419 KB). It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed.

Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2016 or earlier (5+).

This includes:

  • Malls, shopping centres
  • Grocery and liquor stores
  • Airports
  • Coffee shops
  • On public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Ski gondolas
  • Libraries
  • Clothing and retail stores
  • Areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided
  • 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, including all K to 12 students
  • Drug stores
  • Community centres
  • Recreation centres
  • City Halls
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table

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 5
  • 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.


PHO order on gatherings and events

This content is a summary of the PHO order — Gatherings and Events (PDF, 483KB) document. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed.

Personal gatherings

There are no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings.

Organized gatherings

Organized gatherings have some capacity restrictions. Examples of an organized gathering include wedding ceremonies or funerals.

Indoor organized gatherings

There are no capacity restrictions on indoor organized gatherings. Proof of vaccination is required for organized gatherings with more than 50 people. Dancing is not permitted. Masks are required indoors.

If more than 50 people are attending, all spectators must be seated at:

  • Concerts, theatre, dance and symphony performances
  • Weddings and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home)
  • Lectures, presentations and workshops
  • Sponsored and ticketed parties

You do not need to remain seated at:

  • Conventions and trade shows
  • Conferences (except during lectures, presentations and workshops)
  • Recreational classes and activities like art classes and choir rehearsals

Outdoor organized gatherings

Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 30,000 people, 15,000 people can attend.

Organized gatherings by sector

Fairs, festivals and trade shows

Worship services

Exercise

Indoor high intensity and low intensity group exercise

Indoor high intensity and low intensity group exercise is allowed with normal capacity.

Gyms, pools and recreation facilities

Gyms, pools and recreation facilities can operate with normal capacity.

Sports

Adult and youth outdoor and indoor group and team sports

All outdoor and indoor group sports for adults and youth are allowed. This includes:

  • Games
  • Competitions
  • Practices

Non-employee supervisors, coaches and assistants of sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger must be fully vaccinated.

Spectators

Outdoor sport activities can have 5,000 spectators or 50% seated capacity, whichever is greater. For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 30,000 people, 15,000 spectators can attend. Seats must be provided for everyone.

There are no capacity restrictions on indoor sport activities. All spectators must have a seat. Proof of vaccination is required for all spectators at indoor sporting events.

Travel for sport

Travel for sport is allowed.


PHO order on restaurants, pubs and bars

This content is a summary of the PHO order — Food and Liquor Serving Premises (PDF, 402KB) document. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed.

Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan.

Restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs

There are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining.

  • Venues can determine their own table limits
  • No dancing
  • Normal liquor service hours
  • Masks are required when not seated at a table

Casinos

Casinos can operate at full seated capacity, including gaming positions.


Guidance for visiting long-term care or seniors’ assisted living facilities

This content is a summary of the PHO order — Residential Care COVID-19 Preventive Measures (PDF, 517KB) and PHO order — Residential Care COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information (PDF, 506KB) documents. It is not legal advice and does not provide an interpretation of the law. In the event of any conflict or difference between this webpage and the order, the order is correct and legal and must be followed.

Larger, facility-wide social events or gatherings, adult day programs and in-facility respite are allowed.

  • Indoor gatherings may include residents and staff across units of a facility
  • Outdoor gatherings may include family and friends

You do not need to schedule an appointment to visit residents in long-term care or seniors’ assisted living facilities. There is no limit to the number of visitors for each resident.

Protecting long-term care residents

All visitors must show proof of full vaccination before visiting a long-term care or seniors’ assisted-living facility. The easiest way to show proof of vaccination is using your BC Vaccine Card.

Safety precautions like visitor health screening, hand hygiene and physical distancing will continue.

When to wear a mask at long-term care facilities

  • All visitors must wear medical masks in hallways and common areas
  • You can only remove your mask when visiting residents in their living area if you’re fully vaccinated

Enforcement

During a public health emergency under the Public Health Act, the PHO can make orders as needed. You must follow the orders. Some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials. People who don’t follow these orders could be fined.