(Island Health)

Bubble zones intended to protect health care workers may soon be introduced at hospitals and schools, the province confirmed this morning.

“The Province is planning to introduce legislation to ensure that the ability to safely access and provide critical services at facilities such as schools and hospitals is not impeded while the right to peaceful protest is respected,” a representative for Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, said.

The legislation is expected to be tabled this fall.

Talks of legislation came after anti-vaccine passport protestors took to Vancouver General Hospital and disrupted health care service on September 1st.

Separate, but similar, protests also occurred at elementary schools in Salmon Arm, which forced schools to go into a lockdown.

Nobody was injured and the protestors left without incident.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau said that his government will also be putting forward federal legislation making protesting at hospitals illegal.

“We will introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence to threaten or harass health care workers,” Trudeau said.

Both Alberta and Quebec have introduced similar legislation of which BC is proposing.

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