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B.C. to end capacity limits for indoor events in most regions

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The COVID-related capacity limits for many B.C. Restaurants, bars and events are being lifted once proof of double-vaccination become mandatory on October 24th. Kamil Karamali reports – Oct 19, 2021

When the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice at Rogers Arena on Oct. 26, the team will be greeted by a full house.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that COVID-19 capacity limits will be lifted in much of British Columbia for indoor events and gatherings where proof of vaccination is required.

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COVID-19 capacity limits to be lifted for many businesses, events in B.C. on Oct. 25 – Oct 19, 2021

“It (COVID-19) is not taking off in places where we have vaccine card,” Henry said.

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“We were seeing it in Northern Health and that is why we put in further restrictions.”

The province will also be removing requirement to remain seated at restaurants and events. But for now there are still restrictions in place around allowing dancing.

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Starting Oct. 25, capacity limits will end for indoor sporting events, indoor concerts, theatres, movie theatres, dance and symphony events, and indoor organized events and gatherings. Organized events include wedding receptions, organized parties and conferences.

“You go in and experience in the way that is safest for everyone. I am confident this will be a measure that will not increase risk and we will monitor it over time,” Henry said.

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COVID-19 capacity limits to be lifted for many businesses, events in B.C. on Oct. 25 – Oct 19, 2021

Capacity limits of 50 per cent are in still effect where regional orders are in place, including Fraser East and parts of Northern and Interior Health regions.

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The indoor mask requirement will remain in effect at all venues.

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade says capacity restrictions have had a profound impact on the province’s hospitality and tourism sector as well as the entertainment and event industries.

“Increased capacity at indoor sporting events, weddings and entertainment venues will bring back jobs in some of our hardest-hit sectors and inspire consumer confidence,” board president Bridgitte Anderson said.

“Relaxing capacity restrictions on indoor gatherings where proof of vaccination status is checked is evidence that the hard work of British Columbians is paying off and we can look forward to safely re-connecting in larger numbers.”

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