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B.C. to restart nightclubs as well as bars as Omicron spread decreases

Key takeaways:

  • B.C. health officials will relax limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, but the B.C. vaccination card will stay in place.
  • Masks will be required at all scheduled activities and gatherings, and the B.C. vaccination card scheme will remain unaltered.
  • Premier John Horgan, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix will explain B.C.’s approach.

B.C. health authorities have stated that limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will be lifted, but the B.C. immunization card will remain in place.

Bars as well as nightclubs will be able to reopen, and events will be able to function at full capacity.

Dancing will be permitted at planned events, and restaurants will allow mingling.

The adjustment is set to go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

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“We can do just almost anything if we follow public health orders and suggestions.” For many, the measures put in place to deal with the Omicron wave have been difficult,” Premier John Horgan stated.

The B.C. immunization card program will remain unchanged, and masks will be needed at all planned activities and gatherings.

Before a decision is reached on how long the vaccination card will persist, it will be revisited in March and maybe again in April. COVID vaccination evidence is not expected to be completed until the end of June.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, Premier John Horgan, and Health Minister Adrian Dix will present B.C.’s strategy.

Dix told reporters Monday afternoon that the immunization card has been beneficial and would continue to be an important tool in decreasing COVID-19 transmission.

“The British Columbia immunization card is an important part of keeping people safe.” “Based on the proff we see in B.C. and the success of it, that is the approach we have adopted in British Columbia,” Dix added.

“It has been and continues to be an extremely beneficial tool.” You’re always reflecting because you want to take the fewest steps to get the most done while safeguarding people. It might not have been feasible without the B.C. vaccination card.”

Nightclubs and bars to start again in BC as Omicron cases fall.
Nightclubs and bars to start again in BC as Omicron cases fall. Image from Global News

Other governments, such as Ontario and Alberta, have pledged to eliminate vaccination-proof requirements for discretionary activities such as gyms, restaurants, and sporting events.

Protests against vaccination requirements and COVID-19 limitations continue in Ottawa and across the country, notably at the Pacific Highway border crossing in Surrey, B.C.

Many companies in British Columbia, notably the hotel industry, endorse the immunization card.

“That is something we truly support.” “We feel we need to go with our customers and take it slowly,” said Ian Tostenson, CEO of the B.C. Restaurant & Foodservices Association.

The wedding industry is also hoping for reforms from the province.

Under the present regulations, wedding and funeral banquets are not permitted in British Columbia. This has impacted various industries, including rental firms, florists, and hotels.

“We’re not looking for a miracle; we’re not asking for a wild party with 300 people dancing,” Candice Jones, owner of A Day to Remember Events, explained.

“It will take years simply to go back to where we were two years ago.” We have a lot of people to feed. This is a $1.2 billion business in B.C. alone.”

Source: CTV News

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