Brief: Interior Health-specific COVID-19 restrictions lifted, B.C. rules remain in effect

Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted at midnight, replaced with general B.C. restrictions.

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The B.C. government is lifting Interior Health-specific COVID-19 order as of midnight Nov. 30. As of Dec. 1, communities in Interior Health will be under general B.C. COVID-19 restrictions, which are detailed here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions.

The major changes are to restrictions to large venues, such as arenas and theatres, which have been limited to 50% capacity. Indoor events are now allowed at 100% capacity but require proof of vaccination.

Outdoor events continue to have capacity restrictions of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.

Mask requirements for public indoor settings remain in effect.

There are no capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings in private homes and vacation accommodations, although Interior Health is recommending residents keep groups small and notes that gathering outside is safer than gathering inside.

In a statement, Interior Health said it had been monitoring the situation and that COVID-19 activity and hospitalizations have dropped.