Here's when you'll be able to ditch face masks in B.C.

B.C. lays out reopening roadmap through summer; travel restrictions extended to mid-June

Indoor dining and outdoor sports with no fans in attendance can resume under certain restrictions, while the ban remains on non-essential travel outside of a health authority.

If case numbers remain low, and at least 70 per cent of the population is immunized, the B.C. government figures the public can go grocery shopping, to the office, and to community centres again without wearing a mask as soon as July.

Officials are also now allowing organized outdoor gatherings - such as weddings - of up to 50 people, provided that they are seated and there's a safety plan in place.

The province's restart plan is separated into four steps, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stressed that only the first one - which begins Tuesday - is set in stone.

The earliest travel restrictions could be lifted is June 15, with recreational travel permitted only within residents' regions.

- In-person faith-based gatherings can be held in a reduced capacity.

Organized gatherings indoors can have a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors.

High-intensity indoor fitness classes will be acceptable after June 15 as well.


For steps 1 and 2, restaurants, bars, pubs, and indoor fitness facilites will be allowed to return to the safety protocols in place before the circuit breaker.

- Spectators for outdoor sports would be permitted with a 50-person maximum. Nightclubs and casinos would be allowed to re-open with capacity limits, as well as formal events.

Approximate dates have also been provided for when the province will move to the next steps, although health officials stress that the plan "will be guided by data, not dates".

Effective Tuesday, indoor social gatherings can take place within one household with up to five visitors.

- New public health and workplace guidance around personal protective equipment, physical distancing and business protocols.

- No limits on indoor and outdoor spectators at sports.

A spokesman for an organization representing Canada's largest airlines said in a statement B.C.'s plan gives clarity to the industry and consumers.

- Businesses would operate with new safety plans.

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