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Learn more about limitations on organized indoor and outdoor events as B.C. moves into Step 3 of the provincial Restart Plan.
Last updated: October 21, 2021

Additional COVID-19 restrictions are in place for certain regions. Learn about the restrictions.

B.C. is currently in Step 3 of the provincial restart plan. Organized events, including weddings, funerals, and baptisms, can be held with the following limitations:

  • Organized indoor seated events can be held with a maximum of 50 people or up to 50% of the venue's total capacity, whichever is greater.
    • Indoor walk-through fairs and festivals including trade shows can be held at 100% venue capacity.

Note: Starting October 25, organized indoor events can return to full capacity unless there are additional regional restrictions in place.

  • Organized outdoor seated gatherings can be held with a maximum of 5,000 people or up to 50% of the venue's capacity, whichever is greater. 
    • Outdoor walk-through fairs and festivals like community fairs can be held at 100% venue capacity.

Some events, services and businesses are now required to check a person's proof of vaccination for access to their venue or space. Businesses can find information on proof of vaccination requirements at: gov.bc.ca/VaccineCard-Businesses.


When attending an indoor or an outdoor event, consider your personal risk factors. Event organizers should review the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events and the current province-wide restrictions for further details.

Indoor funerals, weddings, baptisms and other similar events may proceed with a maximum of 50 people or up to 50% of the venue's total capacity, whichever is greater, and a Communicable Diseases Plan in place. Dancing is not allowed at indoor weddings.


Note: Starting October 25, organized indoor events inclding weddings and similar events can return to full capacity, unless there are additional regional restrictions in place.


Outdoor weddings may proceed with a Communicable Diseases Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 5,000 people or up to 50% of the venue's capacity, whichever is greater. Dancing is allowed at outdoor weddings.


For more information on community gatherings like church services and farmers’ markets, please visit the community settings page. Places of worship are considered public spaces and are subject to Provincial Health Officer orders on events, gatherings, and the use of public spaces.

 

Assemblies, rallies, and protests are one way in which people can express their shared views and beliefs regarding important matters. Participating in these events may lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission if proper precautions are not taken. 


For more information on preventative measures and participating, refer to the Provincial Health Officer Guidance for Outdoor Assemblies, Rallies, and Protests During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Some events, services and businesses are now required to check a person's proof of vaccination for access to their venue or space. 


Attendees/customers are required to provide their BC Vaccine Card to enter licensed restaurants and food premises offering table service.


Detailed information can be found in the PHO Orders:

Businesses can find information on proof of vaccination requirements at: gov.bc.ca/VaccineCard-Businesses


Getting immunized against COVID-19 by getting two doses of the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 


Get immunized against COVID-19 by getting two doses of the vaccine. Vaccines are the most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. It takes seven days after the second dose to be fully immunized.

Beginning September 13, you will be required to show proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses to help protect yourself and other people from COVID-19.  Learn more about proof of vaccination.

Some events, services and businesses are required to check a person's proof of vaccination. Businesses can find information on the proof of vaccination requirements at gov.bc.ca/VaccineCard-Businesses.


 

If you feel sick, stay home and get tested.


If you are sick, or think they might be sick, even if they are vaccinated, you should not be spending time in person with others. People who have symptoms should refer to the COVID-19 testing information to determine if testing is appropriate and follow self-isolation guidelines.

Bring hand sanitizer with you when you go out and clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands before you leave your home and as soon as you return.

 

Wearing a mask is required in all indoor public spaces for people age 5 and up (born in 2016 or earlier). 


Read about the PHO order on masks in public indoor settings.


Follow any additional measures that may have been put in place by local public health or in your health region.

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