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New BC Restrictions Shutting Down Bars, Gyms and Indoor Gatherings of Any Size

Bonnie henry discusses COVID-19 variant

Photo: Province of British Columbia / Flickr

Please note that this is a developing story, and the information on this page may be outdated. Here is the latest summary of the restrictions that are currently in place until January 2022.

B.C. health officials revealed the latest round of provincial restrictions Tuesday afternoon, which involves several cancellations and shutdowns across British Columbia.

As stated by Bonnie Henry, bars and nightclubs will be forced to close, and all surgeries will be postponed or cancelled as Omicron cases surge across B.C.

The new measures come into effect Wednesday and here’s quick summary of what’s changing:

  • No indoor organized gatherings of any size will not be permitted, this includes weddings, receptions and parties
  • Seated events in including concerts, sports games, and movie theatres will need to reduce capacity to 50 per cent
  • Maximum of six people per table at a restaurant, pub or cafe
  • Bars and nightclubs closed
  • Gyms, fitness centres and dance studios must be shut down.

The rules will be in place until January 18, unless renewed by Bonnie Henry. The previous set of rules will be in place through January 30, 2022.

Dec 12 restrictions
Photo: BC Government

As of this moment, no rules restrict interprovincial travel ahead of Christmas.

It’s important to note that while indoor gatherings will not be permitted, British Columbia residents can still invite one another other to their households as long as there is no more than 10 adult guests, and provided all of them are vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases in B.C. grew by 2,550 over the weekend, bringing the province total to 5,435 active cases.

More to come.

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