BC officials announce province's reopening plan


All workplace safety plans will be updated by July 1st, based on updated sector guidelines.

CBC News will livestream the news conference.

"B.C.'s restart plan provides a clear path for our future; one that will allow us to move forward and safely resume activities that have been on hold, without compromising the progress we have made in reducing COVID-19 community transmission", Henry and Dix said in their statement.

The latest round of "circuit breaker" restrictions expired at midnight, eight weeks after they came into effect.

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).

The plan started today with the easing of restrictions that affected gatherings, sports events and dining, both indoors and outdoors. Hospitalizations are also down 38 per cent.

Stay-at-home order extended 2 weeks provincewide until June 2
But in order for restrictions to be lifted, the province will need to see a sharp decline in daily COVID-19 cases. As a result, the seven-day average of daily cases fell to 2,731 - its lowest point in about five weeks.

As of Monday, the province's rolling average of cases and active case load were at their lowest points in six months.

Provincial health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

On Tuesday, the BC government unveiled its restart plan for the province, offering details and timelines for when there might be some semblance of normal across all sectors.

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

An increased capacity at large gatherings like concerts will be permitted. If all goes to plan, B.C. would be essentially completely re-opened by September.