Brings in sweeping new measures to control COVID-19, including mandatory masks

Henrietta Strickland
November 22, 2020

The new mandatory measure is a departure from Henry's previous approach, which has emphasized strong recommendations to convince the public to comply with wearing masks in indoor public spaces.

British Columbians will get one more COVID-19 update this week, the day after the province's top health officials announced far-reaching restrictions to help curb the spread of the disease.

However, this new order does not include schools Doctor Henry explained.

Dr. Henry announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 for the Island Health region on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 429 in the health authority.

"I am extending the regional orders that now apply to the Fraser and Vancouver Health regions across the entire province and I am putting new provincewide orders in place", said the top doctor.

Henry said she contacted the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General Wednesday to roll out the order after consulting with retail and business associations.

In today's (Thursday) COVID-19 briefing, It was noted most transmission has come from close knit social gatherings, and not interactions between workers and the public.

In Prince George, the City has notified the public that masks are to be mandatory in all civic facilities immediately.

Businesses are being asked to suspend any returns to the office for employees who've been working at home.

This order does not apply to visitors with medical exemptions or those who are under the age of two years.

No spectators allowed at any indoor or outdoor sport, and no travelling outside the local community for sports.

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