To announce reopening plan as COVID-19 case counts continue to drop

Flickr By CKPG Today COVID-19 B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

Flickr By CKPG Today COVID-19 B.C. launches into first step of COVID-19 restart plan

There are 3,580 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 137,517 people who tested positive have recovered.

Bonnie Henry and Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon are all scheduled to explain the restart plan at 1 p.m. PT.

Restrictions will continue to ease in the coming weeks.

The Island Health region has now recorded 5,027 cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That plan is contingent on COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations declining and remaining low, as well as British Columbians getting vaccinated.

Safety protocols for indoor in-person religious gatherings and worship services of any size are being reviewed and will be updated shortly.

Today, we are reporting 250 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 142,886 cases in British Columbia.

On Wednesday, B.C. surpassed giving three million vaccine doses. The last "circuit-breaker" round of restrictions began on March 29 as the province dealt with an "exponential growth" in cases of COVID-19.

The provincial government's restart plan is broken down into four steps and is described by officials as "a slow and gradual return to a more normal life".

Provincial health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Indoor dining at restaurants for tables up to six people, regardless of household, will also return effective immediately.

Walt Judas, B.C.'s Tourism Industry Association chief executive officer, said the non-essential travel restrictions were deeply felt by tourism operators who saw fishing, golfing and weekend getaway ventures dry up.

Victoria plunged into snap seven-day lockdown