Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Canada: BC to end capacity limits for indoor events in most regions

Global News in Canada shows that 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.

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

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

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

B.C. health officials also shared at Tuesday's briefing that COVID-19 transmission in schools has dropped since they first surged at the start of the school year.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said at the beginning of the school year, there was a dramatic increase in cases, particularly in the Interior and in Northern Health regions, but those cases have started to come down.

Cases still remain higher in Northern Health but it is indicative of the case counts remaining high in the communities.

Henry added the increase of COVID-19 cases in September was "strongly associated with a significant increase in testing among children" and the biggest source of COVID infections for children remains from sources outside of the classroom.

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