B.C.'s restart begins immediately, most restrictions loosened by Canada Day

Flickr By CKPG Today COVID-19 B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

Of the new cases, 109 were in the Fraser Health region, 84 in Vancouver Coastal, nine on Vancouver Island and eight in the Northern Health region.

The last "circuit-breaker" round of restrictions began on March 29 as the province dealt with an "exponential growth" in cases of COVID-19.

Currently, 296 individuals are in hospital, 97 of whom are in intensive care.

Wednesday's update, which came in the form of a written statement from public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, brings B.C.'s active caseload to 3,580.

Officials in B.C. will announce their plan today for getting life and the economy back toward normal by reopening parts of the province, as daily case counts continue to drop and the number of vaccinations rise.


Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s strong immunization rate allows the province to slowly bring people back together, with September 7 a target date for the final phase of the plan to be implemented. Roughly 53 per cent of eligible British Columbians now have at least one dose of vaccine.

By June 15 at the earliest, the province plans to move into a second phase which would see a maximum of 50 people for outdoor social gatherings and 50 people for formal events indoors such as at banquet halls and movie theatres.

On Tuesday, the BC government unveiled its restart plan for the province, offering details and timelines for when there might be some semblance of normal across all sectors.

The first step starting May 25th will allow indoor dining to return at restaurants along with limited indoor religious gatherings to take place.

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