Ready for the gym and live concert at full capacity?
Canucks players will likely hear more cheers from the crowd at Rogers Arena than expected when the puck drops for the NHL’s home opener next week.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Tuesday that British Columbia will return to 100% capacity at indoor sporting events, symphony concerts, theaters and more starting October 25.
Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination when entering these locations.
“We hope to reap the benefits of the immunization card and this is an important first step,” said Henry.
“We will be monitoring carefully and considering whether we can remove any additional restrictions as things develop over the next few weeks.”
The restrictions requiring everyone to stay at their own table in restaurants and pubs are also lifted “to allow a little more freedom of movement [due to] the fact that everyone in these situations will be fully vaccinated, ”she added.
Henry was also quick to point out that other public health restrictions, such as mask warrants, remain in place.
Other indoor events, such as weddings, funerals and parties, will also be allowed to return to their maximum capacity.
Henry said there were always plans to lift capacity restrictions in seated rooms once the vaccine card initiative is fully rolled out (vaccine card users must show they have received two doses – not just one – on October 24).
“It doesn’t reduce the risk to zero. It means we mitigate the risk, ”she said.
People entering restaurants and pubs must be fully vaccinated and Henry said she heard comments from owners of these businesses that it was difficult for workers to ask customers not to visit people in the area. other tables.
“We do not see transmission in settings where the vaccination card is used,” she said of the decision to ease restrictions on movement within these facilities.
But the relaxed restrictions don’t go that far to allow people to dance in these establishments or others like nightclubs.
Meanwhile, Henry said she was “very satisfied” with the announcement last week by US officials that he would accept travelers from Canada with mixed doses COVID-19 vaccines beyond the land border from November 8.
Although Canada has continued to mix and match vaccines, this practice is not undertaken by the Americans. And unlike Canada, the United States has not approved the AstraZeneca plc vaccine. But the Americans previously announced that foreign travelers who received their vaccine with a vaccine approved under the World Health Organization’s emergency use list will be recognized as eligible for entry into the country. AstraZeneca fits into this framework.
“This is a huge credit to the work we have done here in Canada to show the effect of the wetsuits,” said Henry.
“I’m just very happy that the people of British Columbia who are fully immune are now able to travel. “
The United States will reopen its land border to travelers from Canada on November 8 after Canada did so to American travelers in August.
About 340,000 children aged five to 11 reside in British Columbia as health officials wait to see if Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine can be used on this demographic. On Monday, Pfizer submitted a request to Health Canada for such use.
Henry said she expects British Columbia to have enough vaccines available throughout the province if and when the vaccine is approved for this age group.
But she added that the rollout will differ depending on the community. She also confirmed that vaccinations will not be done in pharmacies or doctors’ offices.