Mandatory MASK policy for all indoor public spaces re-instituted effective August 21, 2021
This will remain in effect until at least the end of September. See the announcement of August 20, 2021:
New Measures for Entire Interior Health Region
Effective August 20th:
Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older.
Low-intensity indoor group exercise is permitted up to 10 people per class. High-intensity group exercise is not permitted.
Outdoor group exercise is permitted up to 50 people per class.
Effective Monday, Aug. 23 at 8 a.m.:
Gatherings in vacation rentals are limited to five guests or one additional household.
Indoor personal gatherings are limited to 10 guests or one other household.
Outdoor personal gatherings (e.g., birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties) are limited to no more than 50 people.
Indoor organized gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people and outdoor organized gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people with a COVID-19 safety plan in place (e.g., weddings, funerals, seated events).
The previous orders for central Okanagan food and liquor establishments remain in place.
These measures will remain in place until the end of September, and Interior Health experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.
Mandatory Masking in Long-term Care, Assisted Living and Hospice Sites
Effective Aug. 18, 2021, all employees and medical staff (clinical and non-clinical) working (or entering) a long-term care, assisted living, or hospice facility must wear a medical mask at all times, until further notice.
The mask can only be removed in a non-clinical area if:
a two-metre distance can be maintained at all times, and;
the individual is in private office, or;
in an administrative area where no residents/tenants or patients are present, or;
in a break room when appropriately distanced while eating and drinking, otherwise mask should be worn.
These guidelines apply to all patient care encounters and outline the expected use of PPE and masks. Continuous masking and social distancing in areas such as breakrooms, meeting rooms and shared offices, etc. is crucial to prevent transmission among staff.
Adherence to basic infection control practices, such as hand hygiene and masking, in addition to other preventative measures such as physical distancing, staying home when sick, etc., are essential in order to reduce transmission risk of COVID-19, including variants of concern.
Vax for Yourself, Vax for BC
You can get your first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by dropping in to any IH immunization clinic or by making an appointment.
New and amended orders and guidelines are in effect through April 19, 2021, and include:
For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only i.e. one-on-one personal training.
The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.
Updated February 5th
The current orders restricting daily life and socialization in B.C. are going to stay in place indefinitely, the province announced Friday February 5th.
The orders had been set to expire at midnight. In announcing the extension, officials said B.C has made "encouraging" progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19, but the situation isn't stable enough to allow people to start getting together again.
All events are banned, along with in-person religious services, and masks must be worn in indoor public spaces.
Henry said there's a chance things might change by March, but there is no official expiry date on the extended orders.