Step 3: Starts July 1
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.
Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed.
- You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
- Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay
- Increased social contact
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately
New Activities Permitted as of July 1st
- Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
- Indoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
- Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
- No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services
- Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to normal with a Communicable Disease Plan
- Canada-wide recreational travel
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
- No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, events allowed
- Return to normal liquor service hours
- No socializing between tables
- Up to 10 people seated at tables, tables 2 m apart
- No dancing, no socializing between tables
- Reduced capacity
- Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity
Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers.
Offices and workplaces
- Continued return to the workplace
- Seminars and bigger meetings allowed
Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan.
Additional safety precautions required in higher-risk workplaces.
Sports and exercise
- All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity
- Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity
- Outdoor spectators 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
- Indoor spectators 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
Preparing for Step 3 of BC’s Restart
On June 17, the provincial health officer issued a statement to employers on transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention.
Prior to Step 3 of the Restart plan, the expectation is that employers will continue to maintain and review their COVID-19 Safety Plans. Beginning with Step 3, employers will no longer be required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and will instead transition to communicable disease prevention.
Visit WorkSafeBC for more information on:
- From COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention
- Responding to elevated risk
- Additional measures
- Questions or concerns