Masks Recommended, not Mandatory as of July 1
Step 3 to Starts July 1: announced by BC Premier
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed.
- You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
- Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay
- Increased social contact
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately
WorkSafeBC has issued guidelines for employers on transitioning from safety measures around COVID-19 to preventing the illness as a communicable disease.
WorkSafeBC is putting provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recent advice into practice by asking employers to ensure that fundamental practices like handwashing and personal hygiene are followed.
Employers will be required to provide appropriate ventilation and encourage employees to stay home when they are sick.
“We’re not expecting employers to immediately, on the 1st of July, to take away all of the precautions and safeguards that they were employing for the last 15 months, but to work with their workers and to transition away from those,” Johnson says.