Northern Health says in-person worship services are allowed to resume at 50 per cent capacity with proof of vaccination.

The revised order takes effect at midnight on December 10th and will be in place until at least January 31st.

The health authority says all participants over 11 years old will need to be vaccinated to attend. Virtual or drive-in services can continue without proof of vaccination.

The revised order also removes proof of vaccination requirements for outside events, in line with provincial measures, said Northern Health.

Last week, the health authority updated the order to allow indoor events to seat 50 per cent capacity with proof of vaccination, 10 fully-vaccinated people inside a residence, up from five, and up to 25 outside, up from 15.

Instead of a limit of 100 people, outdoor events can now allow half their capacity if guests are fully vaccinated.

Fort St. John increased both the first and second vaccine doses by one per cent since last week.

Of the 22,472 residents, 18,011 (80 per cent) have a single dose, and 16,306 (73 per cent) have a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fort St. John continues to lead Northern British Columbia in community vaccine coverage with Hudson’s Hope at 76 per cent with one dose and 69 per cent with both doses.

For all of Northern British Columbia, the rate sits at 83 per cent and 77 per cent for first and second doses, respectively.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says Fort St. John’s vaccine rate reflects the extraordinary effort put in, compared to where immunization rates stood earlier this year.