B.C.'s restart begins immediately, most restrictions loosened by Canada Day

Henrietta Strickland
May 27, 2021

Northern Health accounted for 8 of the new cases as the region now has 117 active, a mark that dropped by 11 since yesterday (Tuesday).

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

The last "circuit-breaker" round of restrictions began on March 29 as the province dealt with an "exponential growth" in cases of COVID-19.

Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s strong immunization rate allows the province to slowly bring people back together, with September 7 a target date for the final phase of the plan to be implemented.

Wednesday's update, which came in the form of a written statement from public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, brings B.C.'s active caseload to 3,580.

The province also expects recreational travel across Canada to open in step three.

There have been nearly three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines injected into B.C. residents' arms.

The first reopening step includes a restart of indoor dining for up to six people, limited indoor social gatherings at home and the restart of limited indoor faith gatherings. Health officials also backtracked on allowing in-person religious services.

The Lower Mainland remains the focal point of the pandemic in B.C., with the majority of Wednesday's cases found in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions. A total of 137,517 people who tested positive for the coronavirus in B.C. are now considered recovered.

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