I am pleased to share that the Province of B.C. has announced that British Columbia is officially entering step 3 of BC Restart Plan, effective July 1. The transition to step 3 of the plan also officially lifts the provincial state of emergency on June 30 at 11:59pm, and is a positive step forward for our community. The shift is due to continually increased vaccination rates, low COVID-19 case counts, and fewer hospitalizations across BC.
As we are moving from step 2 to step 3 of the restart plan, please be aware of the new guidelines in place, which include:
- Mask wearing recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
- Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
- Maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
- Maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater
- Return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans
- Return to Canada-wide recreational travel
- Return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans
For more information on the government’s 4-step restart plan, I encourage the BCIT community to access this presentation, detailing the transition from step 2 to step 3 of the plan.
BCIT will continue to work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on post-secondary specific guidelines to evolve our campus safety plans that will reflect the new changes, ensuring the safety of our community. Communications will be issued as soon as these new guidelines are available.
Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management