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Province extends COVID-19 measures

Published on: January 18, 2022

To address rising COVID-19 case counts and keep workers and the public safe, the provincial health officer is issuing revised orders, which take effect Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Updated January 18, 2022: The following restrictions remain in place under the orders for Food and Liquor Serving Premises and Gatherings and Events until February 16. The PHO will assess if further action is necessary at that time.

For details on the measures, please visit the B.C. government's Provincial and regional restrictions website.

Below is a summary of measures that are relevant to employers and workers in specific industries.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, and nightclubs

Restrictions in effect December 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • At restaurants, cafes, and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated. Physical distancing or barriers must be in place between tables.
  • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. This includes gatherings like sponsored or ticketed parties, banquets, and funeral and wedding receptions.
  • All bars, nightclubs, and lounges that do no serve meals are closed.
  • Restaurants, cafes, and pubs can have a maximum of 6 people at each table. The existing requirements to stay seated with no mingling between tables, to wear masks when not seated, and to have physical distancing or barriers between tables remain in place.

As of December 31, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., restaurants must scan proof of vaccination QR codes using the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app. 

Casinos

Restrictions in effect December 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Casinos can operate at 50% seated capacity, including gaming positions. Food and liquor services at casinos must follow the rules for food and liquor serving premises.

Exercise and fitness

Restrictions in effect December 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • All sports tournaments are not allowed, except for high performance athletes.

Fairs, festivals, and trade shows

Restrictions in effect December 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Fairs, festivals, and trade shows are limited to 50% capacity with a communicable disease plan.

Retail

  • The PHO emphasizes that retail stores should have safety plans in place for holiday and Boxing Day sales.

Other measures include

Restrictions in effect December 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Indoor personal gatherings, including in rental and vacation properties, are limited to the household plus 10 individuals, or one additional household, whichever is greater. Everyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
  • No indoor organized gatherings of any size are allowed, including sponsored or ticketed parties, banquets, and wedding and funeral receptions.
  • All indoor events at venues (such as concert halls, theatres, movie theatres, sports arenas) are limited to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC Vaccine Card QR code.

For more information

The  following PHO orders were updated on January 17, 2022: