VICTORIA, B.C. – The province says indoor and outdoor dining is permitted for up to six people after announcing the four-step restart plan Tuesday.

Indoor seated events of up to 10 people and outdoor seated events of up to 50 people are allowed in step 1 of the reopening plan.

The tentative plan for each step is June 15th for step 2, July 1st for step 3, and September 7th for step 4. That is the earliest possible date to move forward to each step.

The province has identified four foundations for a successful restart: more people are getting vaccinated, case counts are declining, fewer people are being hospitalized, and the vaccine supply has increased.

Criteria for opening requires stable case numbers, stable hospitalizations, and a minimum of 60 per cent of people with at least one vaccine dose.

Masks will still be mandatory for indoor public spaces, continued physical distancing, and stay home and get tested if feeling sick.

Personal gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors and five people indoors, and seated organized indoor gatherings of up to 10 indoors or 50 outdoors are permitted in step.

Recreational travel is permitted within local health zones only, and non-essential travel between health zones is still restricted.

Step 1 includes a return to outdoor sports games and practises for all ages, while indoor fitness is restricted to low intensity.

Businesses can allow indoor and outdoor dining service up to six people, liquor service until 10 p.m., and a continuation of WorkSafeBC safety plans.

There will be a gradual return to offices in step 1, with existing WorkSafeBC safety plans in place.

Criteria for step 2 includes a declining case count, declining hospitalizations, and a first-dose vaccination rate of 65 per cent of British Columbians over 18.

Outdoor gatherings can increase to 50 outdoors, but indoor gatherings stay at a maximum of five.

Organized gatherings indoors can have a maximum of 50 people indoors or outdoors.

British Columbians can enjoy travel throughout the province in step 2, with BC Transit and BC Ferries service increases as needed.

High-intensity indoor fitness can resume in step 2 with physical distancing, indoor team games for all ages, and up to 50 spectators can enjoy outdoor sports.

Liquor service will be extended until midnight, banquet halls reopen with limited capacity, and sector consultations will be completed to determine next steps for reopening.

Small in-person meetings can resume in workplaces in step 2.

Criteria for step 3 include low case numbers, declining hospitalizations, and a minimum 70 per cent vaccination rate among British Columbians over 18.

A return to normal indoor and outdoor social gatherings can be expected. Children can resume having sleepovers.

Organized gathering capacity increases for both indoor and outdoor events, and festivals and fairs can resume in step 3.

All indoor fitness classes can resume with increased capacity, spectators can start enjoying indoor sports, and increased capacity for spectators at outdoor sports in step 3.

There will be no group limit for dining. Bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs can reopen with limited capacity, while operating under new safety plans.

Offices can resume seminars and larger meetings, and new safety plans will be implemented for workplaces in step 3.

In step 4, normal social contact is permitted for personal gatherings.

An increased capacity at large gatherings like concerts will be permitted.

Travel will be opened up nationwide.

Indoor and outdoor sport spectator increases, and a return of normal sports competition is planned.

Businesses will continue to operate based on safety plans, and offices can fully reopen for regular business.

For steps 1 and 2, restaurants, bars, pubs, and indoor fitness facilites will be allowed to return to the safety protocols in place before the circuit breaker.

The accommodation sector can accept bookings from inside the regional zone in step 1, and province-wide in step 2.

Other sectors will follow the existing safety protocols already in place.

Associations representing each sector will continue to work with public health officials and WorkSafeBC to update safety plans ahead of step 3.

In steps 3 and 4, new public health guidelines will be in place.

All workplace safety plans will be updated by July 1st, based on updated sector guidelines.