People caught not wearing a mask in indoor public places can be given a $230 fine

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has aligned the Province’s…

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has aligned the Province’s measures with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s mandate that masks must be worn in indoor public spaces.

Farnworth has also extended the provincial state of emergency for another two weeks, until December 8th. This extension allows health and emergency management officials to continue to use the Emergency Program Act to support the COVID-19 response for the Province.

According to Farnworth, British Columbians have entered the second wave of the pandemic, and now more than ever, we need to follow the guidelines from Dr. Bonnie Henry, like the new mandate of masks.

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older in indoor public settings that include:

Emergency Management BC is also looking to issue further orders to enforce mask requirements for common areas of apartment buildings, condos, and workplaces.

It was also announced that anyone without a mask in any indoor public place and refuses to comply with enforcement officers, by either choosing not to leave the space or is abusive or belligerent behaviour may now be subject to a $230 fine.

 

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