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STEP 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, Simplified

Categories: Church,Events,News

Things have really opened up in Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. View details below in a simplified, easy-to-read format.

The official version of the Province-wide COVID-19 Restrictions are available on the Government of B.C. website. Orders are implemented by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and are adjusted as necessary based on the COVID-19 outbreak in British Columbia.

The Province of British Columbia formally lifted the provincial state of emergency at midnight on July 6, 2021. The provincial state of emergency was implemented in March 2020, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the Province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

NEW! Regional Restrictions in the Central Okanagan

As of August 6, 2021

Regional restrictions are in place for people who live in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and on Westbank First Nations lands (Central Okanagan Local Health Area). Non-essential travel is discouraged and unvaccinated people should not visit the area.

Updated August 7, 2021

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

On May 25, 2021, Premier John Horgan, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Minister Adrian Dix announced a careful, four-step Restart Plan to bring British Columbians back together. This plan is focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

On July 1, 2021 we moved from STEP 2 to STEP 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, with lower COVID-19 numbers and over 75% of eligible British Columbians having had their first dose of vaccine.

The criteria used for each step of BC’s Restart Plan are:

  • declining COVID-19 case counts
  • increasing vaccination rate in people 18+
  • declining COVID-19 hospitalizations, including critical care
  • declining COVID-19 mortality rate

COMPLETE: STEPS 1 & 2 (May 25 – June 30, 2021)

We are in STEP 3

The criteria to enter STEP 3 was at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.


😷 The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act was lifted July 1.

😷 Recommended in indoor public places for all people 12+ who are not yet fully vaccinated.

😷 Masks will continue to be required in some businesses and health care settings.

😷 Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated.

✅ You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose.

⚠️ If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately

Personal Gatherings

✅ Return to normal for all outdoor and indoor gatherings.

✅ Playdates

⚠️ If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately

Organized Gatherings

Indoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services

Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to normal with a communicable disease plan

⚠️ If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately


Canada-wide recreational travel

⚠️ If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately


Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs

✅ Venues can determine their own table limits

❌ No socializing between tables

❌ No dancing

✅ Liquor service hours return to normal

✅ No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining

✅ Events allowed


✅ Open with educed capacity

Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity across the sector

Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers. 

Offices and Workplaces

✅ Continued return to the workplace

✅ Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

⚠️ Will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan

⚠️ Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 

Sports and Exercise

All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity

Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity

Outdoor spectators 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

Indoor spectators 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

NEXT: STEP 4 (earliest start date is September 7, 2021)

What’s happening at Crossroads

As British Columbia entered STEP 3 of its Restart Plan, all capacity limits and restrictions on indoor or outdoor religious gatherings and worship services were removed. Crossroads has now transitioned from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan.


  • Staff has returned to the sanctuary for worship services.
  • For now, worship services continue online only.
  • Staff is in the office during their regular working hours.
  • Technical equipment upgrades to continue until mid-summer.

Hybrid Worship this summer

  • In-person worship will resume when technical equipment upgrades are complete.
  • Online worship will continue for those who feel more comfortable worshipping at home.
  • Masks are encouraged and hand hygiene will continue.

Please read Crossroads’ Communicable Disease Plan for complete details.

From just one COVID-19 positive person…

COVID-19 is stealthy. Click on the images below to view real-life scenarios of how easily just one infected person can spread the virus to a large number of others. These scenarios are based on actual case data from BC.

COVID-19 Wedding Scenario
Wedding Scenario
COVID-19 Group Fitness Scenario
Fitness Scenario
COVID-19 Industrial Workplace Scenario
Workplace Scenario

Links to more Information about COVID-19

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

Province-Wide COVID-19 Restrictions

Joint Statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 Response (latest updates)

BCCDC Guidelines for Faith-Based Organizations

Fraser Health COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Federal Travel Restrictions, Exemptions and Advice

B.C‘s COVID-19 Dashboard