British Columbians will be able to have personal gatherings with up to five people indoors and up to 10 people outside, effective immediately.
On Tuesday (May 25), provincial officials revealed B.C.'s restart plan, which outlines the new guidance on personal and organized gatherings.
Under the new rules, British Columbians may gather indoors with up to five people or one household in a personal setting. Additionally, up to 10 people may gather outdoors.
For organized gatherings, up to 10 people may be seated indoors and up to 50 people may be seated outdoors.
"͞British Columbians have sacrificed so much over the last 15 months to help keep people and our communities safe," said Premier John Horgan.
͞"We have made tremendous strides with our vaccination program, and we are now in a position where we can move forward with a plan to slowly bring us back together. As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will be closely following the guidance of public health and supporting people and businesses as we take the next steps in putting this pandemic behind us."
B.C.'s Restart — a four-step plan to bring B.C. back together — will be a slow and gradual return to a more normal life, with safety and health protocols such as mask-wearing and physical distancing remaining in place and mandatory during the initial two steps of the plan.
The initial stage of the plan will also include a gradual return to the workplace as well as the return of indoor, in-person faith-based gatherings (reduced capacity) based on consultation with public health.