Recreational travel allowed in B.C. as of today as province’s restart plan moves ahead

Recreational travel within the province and outdoor gatherings with up to 50 people will soon be allowed in B.C. as it moves ahead to the next step of its reopening plan.

Officials announced Step 2 will begin today, as hoped, since case counts and hospitalizations have dropped in recent weeks while vaccinations rose.

Under Step 2, the following will be allowed:

  • Recreational travel across B.C.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.
  • Indoor team sports and fitness classes.
  • Alcohol service until midnight.

Masks and physical distancing are still mandatory. People who don’t live in B.C. are still asked to avoid travelling to the province unless it’s essential. 

Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and three cabinet ministers hold a news conference Monday at 10:30 a.m. PT to announce the next steps in B.C.’s plan to safely restart the province. 

The four-step reopening plan released last month said B.C. could move to Step 2 on June 15 if case counts and hospitalizations dropped and if 65 per cent of eligible adults had received at least one dose of vaccine.

As of Sunday, the rolling averages for cases and hospitalizations were down 56 per cent and 46 per cent, respectively. Vaccination rates were also well past the benchmark, with more than 75 per cent of adults having had one dose.

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