British Columbia prohibits residents who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine from admitting anyone to their homes or from attending meetings at other people’s homes during the holiday season.
“If you are not vaccinated or your family members are not vaccinated, we cannot hold face-to-face meetings in these conditions right now,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told a December 17 press conference.
The move is part of a recent revision of public health orders aimed at “addressing the growing number of COVID-19 cases and keeping people safe,” according to the province.
Other new COVID-19 measures include limiting the number of indoor face-to-face meetings with family members plus 10 guests or an additional household, provided everyone 12 and older is fully vaccinated.
This also applies to personal meetings at resorts and rental properties.
At organized events of all sizes, attendees will be required to present their BC vaccine card so that event staff can scan their QR codes to check their vaccination status before being allowed to enter.
The measures also include a 50 percent bandwidth limitation for large establishments with 1,000 or more people, with increased masking requirements along with a QR code scanning mandate.
All sporting events will be suspended and organized New Year’s get-togethers of any size will be limited to seated events with no socializing or dancing.
A restriction that prohibits restaurant diners from moving between tables is also returning, with the province stressing the need to wear masks when not sitting.
The measures will take effect on December 20, 2021 and will last until midnight on January 31, 2022.
The province has nearly doubled the number of COVID-19 cases over the past week, with 135 cases of the Omicron variant reported, according to the British Columbia government.