Residents of British Columbia have a lot to look forward to with the news that restrictions are being lifted. Parties, weddings, funerals, sports events, and concerts will be allowed to operate at full capacity beginning October 24, 2021.
The lifted restrictions won’t apply everywhere though, like those places with additional COVID-19 restrictions in place. These include parts of Fraser East, Interior Health, and Northern Health. So some events will still remain at half capacity. But in Vancouver will be allowed to operate at full capacity. For example, the Vancouver Canucks game is scheduled for October 26th. This will be allowed to operate at full capacity in Vancouver, but the Abbotsford Canucks game will have to remain at a 50% capacity.
The restrictions have impacted all of us overall. However, they have had a greater impact on the event and tourism & hospitality sectors. These sectors are among the happiest about the lifts in these restrictions as now they can start recovering.
The lift in restriction comes on the same date that it becomes mandatory for all individuals over the age of 12 years old to present a vaccine card. The card must be presented in order to access many services, businesses and events. These include concerts and sporting events. While people will still be required to wear a mask indoors, they will also be allowed to mingle in pubs and restaurants as long as they remain at their seats. No dancing will be allowed in these settings.
Why Lift the Restrictions?
Changes in Covid-19 infection rates are the driving factors behind the lifting of the restrictions. Infection rates in different age groups have fallen. This is especially true for those in the 5 to 8 and 9 to 11 year old age group. September started with a spike in cases. But since the start of October, we are seeing declining numbers. Not only is the infection rate declining, but hospital admission rates also declining in that age group.
The seven day average case count is declining slowly and active hospitalizations and cases are remaining stable. The statistics at the time of putting this post together for vaccinated British Columbians over the age of 12 showed 83.5% of that population fully vaccinated.
We look forward to business slowly going back to pre-pandemic viability but we know it will likely be a slow process. Here in the building market we are available to customers and potential customers looking to build their dream home.