BC mandates masks in public places

British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth today aligned the Province’s measures under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) with the provincial health officer’s (PHO) guidance, declaring that masks must be worn in indoor public places. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings 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;
  • Places of public worship;
  • On public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • Common areas of office buildings, court houses, hospitals and hotels;
  • Common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
  • Common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.

To read more, click here or read the ministerial order.

The province saw 941 new cases in the day ended at 4:30 p.m., bringing the total count to 28,348, with 7,732 of those cases active and 284 British Columbians hospitalized, 61 in critical care.

The Interior Health Region had 49 cases confirmed today, bringing the total to 1,356 cases, 303 active and two hospitalized, neither critical. Three region residents have died of COVID-19, province wide, 358 have succumbed to the illness.

Creston officials say thank you to residents for your quick response to the Provincial Health Officer’s Province-wide order suspending all events and social gatherings to reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel.

Since the Order was verbally issued on November 19, the Province has provided additional clarity here.