There is change in the air!
In a live press conference Thursday, BC Health Officials announced they are repealing the face coverings order.
Effective March 11th at 12:01 a.m., BC residents will no longer be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks requirements have changed over time, depending on other provincial health restrictions and the transmission of the virus.
In July 2021, the province moved into Stage 3 of their re-opening plan, which included face masks in indoor public spaces being recommended, but not mandatory, for those who are fully vaccinated.
In August 2021, this order was repealed, with the rise of COVID-19 cases making masks mandatory once again.
In addition, the province announced most other restrictions and mandates will be lifted, including:
- Long-term care home visitation will be restored
- Overnight child and youth camp order lifted
- Faith gathering capacity limits lifted
Furthermore, the BC Vaccine Card program will end on April 8th.