Last updated: July 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
The Province moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan on July 1, allowing Canada-wide recreational travel, a return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by the venue, increased capacity for organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and more.
While moving to Step 3 signals the end to the provincial state of emergency (on June 30 at 11:59 pm), BC’s public health emergency remains in effect to support amended public health orders from BC’s provincial health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, with reduced requirements.
During Step 3, businesses are gradually transitioning to new communicable disease plans, and can refer to WorkSafeBC’s Communicable disease prevention: A guide for employers. These guidelines were developed in consultation with public health and businesses will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition.
BC tourism businesses can refer to the Messaging Guidance for July 1 until further notice related to Step 3 of BC’s four-step Restart Plan. The document includes marketing messaging, responsible travel infographics, and a comprehensive FAQ.
The Province’s Restart Plan to bring British Columbians back together is following a careful, four-step framework focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. Please visit the Government of BC’s Restart page for more information, including guidelines and advice, at: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart
View BC’s Restart Plan Step 3 changes at a glance here: news.gov.bc.ca/files/RestartBC_Step3.pdf
If you have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for the virus. You can complete the assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
To arrange for further assessment or testing, call your local primary care provider or 8-1-1, or for deaf or hard of hearing call 7-1-1.
In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, BC’s Ministry of Health, and other industry partners, we have created an FAQ. This will be continually updated, providing information from BC, national, and international partners to give you the information you need as it relates to travel and tourism. It will help you answer questions from your staff, visitors, and partners.FAQs
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