August 24, 2021 News, Recreation

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, as per BC provincial health orders, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

The order from the provincial health officer will require people ages 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not recommended for children under the age of two, but should be encouraged for children ages 2-11 in public settings.

Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places for the following reasons:

  • While participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sport facility
  • To consume food or beverage at a location designated for this purpose
  • To identify the individual wearing the mask
  • While staff are working in staff-only areas

Masks are exempt for the following:

  • People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others
  • People who may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
  • Children under the age of two. (Masks are not required but recommended for children ages 2-11.)

This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings, as announced by provincial health authorities on Aug. 23.

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