Masks are now required to be worn at all times in fitness facilities of any kind, including during workouts, the BC government announced on Tuesday.

In a media release, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the province is aligning the Emergency Program Act (EPA) order on face coverings with the provincial health officer’s updated guidance on mask use in fitness facilities.

The change allows police and other officials to enforce this new guidance at their discretion.

Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer, including the direction to leave the space, or who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour, may be subject to a $230 fine.

“Face shields are not a substitute for a mask as there is an opening below the mouth,” the province said in their release.

People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others, are exempt.

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