Mask requirements to be lifted Friday in B.C., vaccine cards remain in place until April 8

Long-term care visitation will return to normal on Friday

Courtney Dickson – CBC News

March 10, 2022

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide an update on COVID-19 in B.C.  0:00

British Columbians will no longer have to wear masks in indoor public spaces starting Friday.

The province’s vaccine card — which was mandated in non-essential indoor spaces like restaurants and gyms — will also be dropped on April 8.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions at a news conference Thursday.

Long-term care visitation will be restored, faith gathering capacity limits will be lifted, effective at 12:01 a.m. March 11.

On April 8, when the vaccine card is dropped, businesses can shift from their COVID-19 safety plans to communicable disease plans. The vaccination requirement for those living in post-secondary residences will also be lifted.

Decreased transmission, fewer hospitalizations and high rates of vaccinations have all been reported by the province.

As of Wednesday, there were 405 people in hospital with COVID-19, down more than 50 per cent compared to a month ago. 

The province says 90.8 per cent of British Columbians aged 12 and up have received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 56.3 per cent have had a booster or third dose.

The province says there’s high population immunity, with more than 90 per cent of the population believed to have either been vaccinated or likely infected.

Officials are reminding residents to continue to manage their own health by monitoring for symptoms, staying home when sick and continuing hand hygiene.

More to come.

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