In a press release today, BC Health officials announced the extension of the indoor mask mandate across the province.
The previous order, which was set to expire on October 31st, requires masks be worn in all indoor public spaces across BC.
The order came into effect in August amidst a rise in cases, particularly among unvaccinated individuals.
Now, this mandate has been extended, with no expiry date set as of yet.
“The requirement to wear masks in indoor public spaces is being extended during this time of higher transmission of COVID-19 in communities,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer.
“This important layer of protection will help make all of us safer, along with practising hand hygiene regularly, staying away if sick and, most importantly, getting fully vaccinated.”
Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people aged five and older, including:
- malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores
- liquor and drug stores
- airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres
- restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated)
- on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle
- areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided
- common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity
- common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations
- inside schools for all K-12 staff, visitors and students.
“Throughout this pandemic, we have all been taking steps to keep our communities safe, and we must continue to do so,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
“Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask are important steps we can all take to stay healthy, protect our health-care system, support health-care workers and support one another,” Dix added.
There has been no date set for the expiry of this mandate.