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Here’s everything you’ll be able to do once more restrictions ease in BC next week

After months of restrictions, British Columbia finally entered its restart plan in May.

Stage 1 meant the return of indoor dining, recreational sports, small gatherings and more, and we’re already less than a week from the start of Stage 2.

It’s set to begin on Tuesday, June 15, as long as BC has met two important pieces of criteria:

  • At least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with at least one dose.
  • Declining case counts and hospitalizations throughout the province.

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With BC nearing a 75% first-dose vaccination rate for those over 18 and both case counts and hospitalizations delicining to rates we haven’t seen since the fall, it looks like Stage 2 will start on June 15 as planned.

When that happens, British Columbians will have the freedom to do things they haven’t been able to in months.

That includes outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people, recreational travel around BC, buying liquor until midnight and watching sports outdoors.

Here’s a full list of changes to the restrictions expected next week:

Personal Gatherings

  • Outdoor personal gatherings up to 50 people (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties).
  • Playdates.

Organized Gatherings

  • Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Consultation with the sector begins for next steps on indoor and outdoor organized gatherings.


  • Provincial travel restrictions lifted.
  • Recreational travel within BC allowed.
  • BC Transit and BC Ferries offers increased service as needed.


  • Liquor served until midnight.
  • Banquet halls can operate with limited capacity and a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Consultation with sector associations begins for next steps on easing restrictions. ​

Offices and Workplaces

  • Continued return to the workplace.
  • Small, in-person meetings allowed.

Sports and Exercise

  • Indoor high intensity group exercise allowed with reduced capacity.
  • Indoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed.
  • No spectators at any indoor sport activities.
  • Outdoor spectators up to 50 allowed.

Stage 3 is expected to start on July 1 at the earliest, as long as low case counts and declining hospitalizations continue.

Some big changes will be on the way then, including no restrictions on gatherings, Canada-wide recreational travel, casinos and nightclubs reopening and masks no longer being mandatory.

For more information on BC’s restart plan, click this link.

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