Updated: Dec 24, 2021
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry laid out British Columbia's COVID strategy for this Holiday season.
Here are the new COVID rules from December 20 to January 31st for British Columbia.
Provincial and regional restrictions announced December 17 to begin December 20th and be in effect to January 31st:
- New Year's parties are not allowed. Events held on December 31 must be seated events. Standing, mingling or dancing is not permitted. These events must also follow restrictions for organized gatherings.
- Indoor personal gatherings at your home or vacation accommodation are limited to your household plus 10 visitors or 1 other household. Everyone 12+ must be fully vaccinated.
- Proof of vaccination is required for all organized events of all sizes. Everyone must be fully vaccinated to attend. Businesses must scan proof of vaccination QR codes for entry.
- Organized gatherings have capacity restrictions. Examples of organized gatherings include wedding ceremonies or funeral receptions.
- Indoor organized gatherings with a capacity for 1,000 people or more can only use 50% capacity.
< 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
Private social events in workplaces are not subject to these restrictions.
- Outdoor organized seated gatherings with a capacity for 1,000 people or more can only have 50% seated capacity. Proof of vaccination is required.
- Indoor high intensity and low intensity group exercise is allowed with normal capacity.
- Gyms, pools and recreation facilities can operate with normal capacity.
- All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.
< Non-employee supervisors, coaches and assistants of indoor sports and group activities for people 21 years or younger must be fully vaccinated.
- Indoor and outdoor sport activities with capacity for 1,000 spectators or more can only have 50% seated capacity. All spectators must have a seat. Proof of vaccination is required for all spectators at indoor sporting events.
- There are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining. You can dine at a restaurant or pub for New Year's Eve.
- Customers must remain seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Venues can determine their own table limits
< No dancing
< Normal liquor service hours
< Masks are required when not seated at a table
- Casinos can operate at full seated capacity, including gaming positions.
- Some health authorities have restrictions for regions with lower vaccination rates. Orders are made by a region's Medical Health Officer. If regional restrictions are different, follow the province-wide restrictions.
- Northern Health has restrictions in place for all communities.
< All people ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated for personal gatherings.
< Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household occupants plus up to 10 visitors or one other household
< Outdoor gatherings are limited to your household occupants, plus up to 25 people
< People who are not fully vaccinated can only gather with their own household.
- Organized gatherings Northern Health
< Indoor seated events are limited to 50% capacity. All people aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. Masks are required.
- Outdoor events in Northern Health
< with more than 25 people are limited to 50% capacity.
- Northern Health Faith gatherings
< Worship services and choirs are limited to 50% seated capacity. All people aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required.
< People do not need to be fully vaccinated to attend virtual or drive-in services.
- Northern Health Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
< Masks are required when not seated at a table.
- Fast food restaurants and unlicensed cafés without table service can either:
< Provide take-out service only
< Require all patrons to show proof of vaccination
< Licensed establishments, establishments that offer table service, and liquor manufacturing facilities with tasting rooms without full meal service:
- Northern Health Cannot serve alcohol between 10 pm and 9 am
< Must require all patrons to show proof of vaccination
< Bars and nightclubs that do not offer full meal service must close.
- Northern Health Sports Regulations
< Indoor and outdoor sporting events are limited to 50% spectator capacity and must have a COVID-19 safety plan. All spectators aged 5 and older must wear a mask, and all spectators aged 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination.
< All participants aged 22 and older must be fully vaccinated.
- Northern Health Travel
< Non-essential travel outside your community is strongly discouraged.
- Guidance for visiting long-term care or seniors' assisted living facilities
< 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.
- Northern Health Long Term health Facilities and Seniors assisted living
< 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
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.
In the EVENT regulations printed here and the regulations printed on the Provincial Government of British Columbia differ, the regulations and or guidelines on the Provincial Government website shall be followed.
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