The Vancouver Canucks can play to a full house on Saturday and Sunday (December 18 and 19).
That's because the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix introduced restrictions on public gatherings effective 11:59 p.m. on December 19.
The Canucks will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Rogers Arena.
On Sunday, the Canucks will play the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena, starting at 7 p.m.
Henry told reporters today that venues with a capacity of 1,000 or more will be limited to a 50-percent capacity after the regulations kick in. These events will require "reinforced" masking rules and scanning of the B.C. Vaccine Card's QR code.
After the government's restrictions kick in, the Canucks will host Anaheim on December 23 and Seattle on December 27.
The restrictions will remain in place until January 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Henry has also suspended sports tournaments for the duration of the order, but teams can still travel to play other teams, one-on-one.
In addition, all New Year's Eve parties have been suspended.
"Restaurants can continue to operate at full capacity," Henry said. "But guests must remain at their table and masks must be worn when not seated.”
Henry also said that she's confident that in-class instruction will continue in postsecondary institutions in January after the holiday break.
She added that officials are looking at how to bring about a safe return to K-12 schools in January.
Henry's order also limits indoor personal gatherings to the household and residents plus 10 people, or one additional household maximum, if all are aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
On December 18, the NHL announced that the Canucks weekend home games against Toronto and Arizona have been postponed due to a rising number of players entering the league's COVOD-19 protocols. The most recent addition to that list is Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers.