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New health measures introduced for Northern Health region

Published on: September 03, 2021

Northern Health (NH) is introducing new public health orders covering the entire Northern Health region to manage COVID-19 activity.

Employers are advised that Northern Health has announced the following measures, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

For more information, see Gatherings and Events COVID-19 Order for Northern Health Authority.

Northern Health measures

New NH orders

  • Personal gatherings in your home – one additional family or 5 guests
  • Personal gatherings outside your home – maximum 50 people
  • Indoor events – have a safety plan (the organizer should have a safety plan, but is not required to submit one for approval)
  • Outside events – when more than 200 people, then have a safety plan
  • Sporting events with spectators, indoor & outdoor – have a safety plan

Currently in Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan and current PHO order on gatherings and events, and still in place:

  • Indoor events - maximum of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Outside events – maximum of 5000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Outdoor spectator events: 5000 people or 50% capacity
  • Indoor spectator event: 50 people or 50% capacity

Not restricted by either NH order or restart step 3 or PHO order:

  • All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity
  • Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs (except for socialization between tables or dancing)
  • Worship services or educational activities (K to 12 and post-secondary)

These measures will remain in place until Northern Health experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.

For more information

As part of the management of communicable disease in their workplace, employers are required to monitor for communicable disease related information from their regional public health officials and the provincial health officer related to their area and industry, and to follow that guidance and direction should additional measures be necessary in their workplace. Learn more about responding to elevated risk and additional measures you may need to follow in these instances.

Please visit the Northern Health website for the latest updates.