The four-step plan includes expanding physical and social interaction, as well as opening up different sectors of the economy. It also details when indoor gatherings held in venues such as cinemas, banquet halls, and art rooms might resume.
Provincial health administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province aims to increase the capacity of indoor sitting environments during Stage 2 of BC’s restart plan. To reach the second stage, the province must vaccinate 65% of its adult population with a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Cases and hospitalizations must also continue to decline.
Government officials hope to enter Stage 2 by mid-June (June 15 at the earliest), although they stress they will rely on data rather than dates to make that decision. .
“Once we get to Stage 2 in June, we’ll increase the number of people who can be in indoor sitting environments,” explained Henry. “This is when we expect to see things like theaters and cinemas reopen to allow people to come together safely, with a safety plan, and to watch a movie.”
Ravi Khalon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, added that they will aim to reopen the banquet halls around the same time, with limited capacity and security plans in place.