Capacity limits for event venues in British Columbia will soon be lifted when the province moves to the next phase of its vaccination card program, the province’s top doctor said on Tuesday.
Dr Bonnie Henry announced the changes to the restrictions during British Columbia’s weekly live COVID-19 briefing.
Starting October 25, indoor gyms, concerts, theaters, dance and symphony events will be able to operate at full capacity.
Indoor events like weddings and funeral receptions may also have more guests. However, the rules restricting dancing at weddings and nightclubs are still in place.
All of these events are subject to proof of vaccination requirements. Although guests currently only need to show one proof of vaccination at these locations, as of October 24, full proof of vaccination will be required.
“We had always intended to lift the capacity restrictions in these sit-down events…” It doesn’t reduce the risk to zero. This means that we mitigate the risk. “
Over the weekend, concert hall operators in Vancouver told CTV News that business was significantly affected by capacity limits.
“We’re probably making about a quarter or a third of our usual income right now,” said Fox Cabaret owner Darlene Rigo. h
Henry also announced on Tuesday that the restriction for restaurant and bar patrons to remain seated will also be lifted, Henry said.
Top Doctor said officials had received feedback from those business owners who said the rules were a challenge for them to enforce.
“I will of course remind people that other public health restrictions remain in place, including the indoor mask requirement when you are on the move,” Henry said. “These changes are applicable when the vaccine proof status is verified and also when there are no regional health ordinances in place. “
Regional health orders are in place in parts of Northern Health, Interior Health and Fraser Health East.
“We hope to reap the benefits of the immunization card and this is an important first step in that and we will carefully monitor and consider if we can remove any additional restrictions depending on how things develop over the next few weeks,” she said.
“We do not see transmission in the settings where the vaccination card is used. “
With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Ben Nesbit