Provincial health worker expects British Columbians to wear masks

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There may not be a law requiring British Columbians to wear masks indoors, but Dr. Bonnie Henry does not want this to be an excuse for not wearing it, especially when physical distance does is not possible.”I wear a mask myself and I encourage, and I strongly recommend, that others wear it too,” said the province’s doctor during Tuesday’s COVID-19 briefing.

Henry says the province has stopped making the use of masks out of concern for those who find it difficult to wear one.

“There are people for whom wearing a mask is not a viable option,” she said. “(For example) anyone who finds it hard to take it out on themselves, young children, people with disabilities, it can be very difficult. ”

Toronto City Council on Tuesday approved a temporary by-law to impose the use of face masks and coatings for indoor public spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Henry said the number of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia. does not justify a similar law, it may be necessary in the future.

“We can, during the breathing season, with a surge, we can require people to wear masks in certain indoor situations,” said Henry. “If we start to see a lot more transmission in our communities. ”

For now, she wants British Columbians to wear a mask when they leave the house and expects people to wear them on public transit, in small grocery stores and wherever physical distance is difficult or impossible.

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