BC's Restart is a four-step plan for safe reopening. The plan focuses on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal.
About BC's Restart Plan
BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25th, 2021 we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses, and activities.
Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.
What are the Four Steps?
Moving through the four steps depends on achieving target rates of vaccination, and stable or declining rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The Province-wide mask mandate, business safety protocols, and physical distancing measures will remain in place at least until early July. No matter which step we are in, we should all still follow health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including practising physical distancing, good hygiene, and other little things that make a big difference.
Key points within each step relating to small businesses are outlined below. Read the complete details at www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
- Step 1: Starting May 25th, 2021
- Step 2: Earliest start date June 15th, 2021 - CURRENT STEP
- Step 3: Earliest start date July 1st, 2021
- Step 4: Earliest start date September 7th, 2021
Step 1: Starting May 25th, 2021
60% of adult population with Dose 1
COVID-19 cases stable, hospitalizations stable
- Maximum of 10 people for seated indoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
- Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
- Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people with safety protocols
- Resume low-intensity fitness with safety protocols
- Start gradual return to workplaces
Step 2: Earliest start date June 15th, 2021 - CURRENT STEP
65% of adult population with Dose 1
Cases declining, COVID-19 hospitalizations declining
- Maximum of 50 people for outdoor social gatherings
- Maximum of 50 people for seated indoor organized gatherings (banquet halls, movie theatres, live theatre) with safety protocols
- Consultation process to prepare for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings with safety protocols
- No B.C. travel restrictions – check local travel advisories
- Resume high-intensity fitness with safety protocols
Step 3: Earliest start date July 1st, 2021
70% of adult population with Dose 1
Cases low, COVID-19 hospitalizations declining
- Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted
- Returning to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
- Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans
- Nightclubs and casinos reopen with capacity limits and safety plans
- New public health and workplace guidance around personal protective equipment, physical distancing and business protocols
Step 4: Earliest start date September 7th, 2021
More than 70% of adult population with Dose 1
Cases low and stable (contained clusters), COVID-19 hospitalizations low
- Returning to normal social contact
- Increased capacity at larger organized gatherings
- Businesses operating with new safety plans
Key Information for Businesses
- Develop, review, and update your COVID-19 safety plan
- Learn about COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace
- WorkSafeBC COVID-19 health and safety resources
- Apply for B.C. Sick-Leave Reimbursement
- Find public health orders and guidance
- WorkSafeBC – COVID-19 and Returning to Safe Operation
- WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 Safety Plans
- How to Earn the Trust of Customers as You Reopen Your Business
- How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Re-opening
Back to Business
Small Business BC is committed to helping business owners reopen in a safe and successful manner. Our Back to Business campaign features specific advice and guidance in the following areas:
Visit our Back to Business resource page