The Village of Sayward is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in British Columbia. Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the public and our employees. We are focusing on maintaining essential services that our citizens rely upon.

The Village of Sayward continues to work with internal and external partners, including our local health authority, Island Health, on a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19.

On July 1, 2021 BC is moving to Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan:

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Mask guidance

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed. 

  • You're fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
  • Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they're fully vaccinated and that's okay

PHO guidance


New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
Organized gatherings
  • Indoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services
  • Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to normal with a Communicable Disease Plan
  • Canada-wide recreational travel

Restaurants, bars and pubs

  • No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, events allowed
  • Return to normal liquor service hours
  • No socializing between tables


  • Up to 10 people seated at tables, tables 2 m apart
  • No dancing, no socializing between tables


  • Reduced capacity
  • Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity

Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers. 

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan.

Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 

Sports and exercise
  • All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity
  • Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity
  • Outdoor spectators 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
  • Indoor spectators 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

For further information about the Provincial Health Orders, please visit the BC Government website.

Step 3 BC Restart Plan