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Don’t plan that big B.C. indoor house party just yet

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May 27, 2021 - 6:00 AM

Despite a whole host of relaxed COVID-19 rules planned for B.C. over the next few weeks, having friends and family visiting indoors is still going to limited until at least July 1.

B.C.’s new Restart Plan was announced May 25.

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It does allow for five guests or one household to visit indoors and to have private outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people immediately.

Up to 50 people will be able to attend outdoor social gatherings or organized indoor events (in banquet halls or theatres) by Step 2 of the Restart Plan, expected to start June 15. But indoor personal gatherings aren’t expected to change at that time.

“We’re anticipating a return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings in Step 3 of the Restart Plan, July 1 at the earliest,” the Ministry of Health said in an email to “Public health will have more to say on that as we approach Step 3.”

What this means for personal outdoor gatherings is that, right now there can be 10 people. If all goes well, that will grow to a maximum of 50 by June 15 and there will be no restrictions after July 1.

But, for personal indoor gatherings – such as dinners or parties – there won’t be that intermittent increase in June.

So, for now, five visitors from a number of different households can come over.

For larger households, say of seven people, all seven of them can visit at the same time.

But, if there are 10 to 50 people over for that backyard barbecue between now and July 1, if it starts pouring rain they’re not allowed to run indoors for shelter.

For details on the Restart Plan, go to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website here.

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