COVID-19 Update: October 2021

B.C.’s Restart Plan

On May 25, the province launched a four-step plan to carefully bring people back together. On July 1, we moved to Step 3 with many restrictions now reduced or eliminated. The fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic began in August 2021. The first week saw the seven-day rolling average for new cases nearly tripling compared to the prior week and case counts steadily increased. On August 23, the provincial government announced it is unlikely that we will move to Step 4 in the near future as case counts continued to rise.

Four-step restart plan

Provincial Health Officer Orders

While provincial restrictions have eased substantially in Step 3 of the Restart Plan, masks are mandatory in all indoor public settings including public transportation. Provincial restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer under the Public Health Act and others are made under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). The state of emergency under the EPA was lifted at midnight on June 30 but the B.C. public health emergency will remain in effect through Step 3 to support amended public health orders.

Additionally, proof of vaccination is now required to access some events, services, and business in British Columbia. Starting September 13, individuals must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, British Columbians must be fully vaccinated to access certain venues. This requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers; indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony, and sporting events; indoor and outdoor dining; casinos; movie theatres; gyms, pools, and recreation facilities; indoor high intensity group exercise; indoor organized gatherings like weddings, conferences, meetings, and workshops; and indoor organized group recreational classes and activities.

Provincial Health Officer’s Orders
Guidance on Restrictions
Travel Restrictions


COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

The number of newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 decreased from 245 cases on January 1 to 96 cases in the week ending October 6. There were 308 new cases in the four weeks between September 9 and October 6 compared to 267 in the previous four week period.

Graph of COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care by Week

Every Thursday, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) publishes updates on COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and independent living.

Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Oct 6, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Sep 29, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Sep 22, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Sep 16, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Sep 8, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Outbreak Report – Sep 1, 2021


COVID-19 Statistics

The BCCDC provides the latest data on COVID-19 in British Columbia, including a dashboard that summarizes COVID-19 information by health region and the entire province. Information includes cases, hospitalizations, critical care admissions, recoveries, testing, deaths and vaccination administration.

BC COVID-19 Data
BC COVID-19 Dashboard

The Provincial Health Officer provides regular modelling updates on COVID-19 cases in British Columbia.
September 28 modelling presentation
August 31 modelling presentation
June 28 modelling presentation

The Government of Canada provides summary information of COVID-19 cases across Canada and over time. The data provides an overview of hospitalizations and deaths, testing, variants of concern and exposures.

COVID-19 Daily Epidemiology Update