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B.C. Mask Requirements

Wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 as it stops the spread of droplets from a person's mouth when speaking, talking, laughing, coughing, sneezing, etc. B.C. has finally made masks mandatory in all indoor public settings and workplaces.


Exceptions:

  • persons who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own

  • masks for children under the age of 2 is NOT RECOMMENDED


Masks are required in all indoor public settings

This includes:

  • Malls, shopping centres

  • Grocery stores

  • On public transportation

  • Libraries

  • Retail stores

  • Liquor stores

  • Drug stores

  • City Halls

  • Restaurants and bars when not seated at a table

  • Common areas in hotels, apartments, and condominiums (elevators, hallways, parking lots, stairway, etc.)

  • Community centres and recreation centres


Masks are required at workplaces

Masks are mandatory in common/shared work areas and areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. This includes:

  • Elevators

  • Kitchens/pantries

  • Break rooms

  • Hallways

  • Customer counters



Reminder

Please wear a mask to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you do not wear a mask (and is not exempted from wearing a mask according to provincial requirements), businesses can refuse your entry and refuse to provide you services.


Wearing a mask alone is not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please utilize other protective measures as well - such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing.




For more information, visit:

BC Centre for Disease Control on Masks

BC Government page on province wide restrictions