Proof of Vaccination / BC Vaccine Card:
As of October 24, 2021, anyone wishing to dine in a restaurant, attend a fitness class or organized event, must be fully vaccinated. The requirement is in place until at least January 31, 2022, applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+), and covers most indoor events and activities, including:
- Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, lounges, nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
- Indoor adult sports and recreational classes, and spectators at indoor youth sports with more than 50 people
- Post-secondary student housing
Public Health Orders:
All Public Health Orders must be followed. A full list of active PHO orders relating to COVID-19 can be found here, but key orders are summarized as follows:
Face coverings in indoor public spaces:
Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2016 or earlier (5+). This includes malls, shopping centres, grocery, liquor and retail stores, coffee shops, common areas of businesses and buildings, schools, libraries, community and rec centres, restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table, and on public transportation, taxis and ride shares.
There are exemptions for:
- People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
- People who cannot remove a mask on their own
- Children under the age of 5
- People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment
With the surge in cases due to the Omicron variant, additional restrictions on gatherings now apply.
- Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed.
- Indoor personal gatherings at your home or vacation accommodation are limited to your household plus 10 visitors or 1 other household.
- Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity, no matter the size.
- All individuals must be fully vaccinated.
- Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.
Updated January 5
Island Health COVID-19 referral-only screening clinic in Victoria
In order to get further information on COVID-19, the province has revealed a new hotline:
- Call 1-888-COVID-19 or text 604-630-0300.
If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.
Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.
For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca