Throughout the pandemic, Downtown’s businesses and services have continually followed advice intended to ensure our employees’ and consumers’ health, safety, and well-being. Mask-wearing is now mandatory by the new public health order.
Downtown Kamloops sincerely appreciates the support, understanding, and compliance within our community.
On Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced that anyone who fails to comply with the mandatory mask order for indoor public spaces could be looking at a $230 fine. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians who are 12 years and older, in many public indoor settings. Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to follow the directive, may be subject to a $230 fine. This includes the order to leave the space, or anyone who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour.
Mask-wearing now mandatory in these places:
- malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
- liquor and drug stores;
- airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
- restaurants, pubs and bars;
- places of public worship;
- on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
- common areas of office buildings, courthouses, hospitals and hotels;
- common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
- common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.
A mask or face covering is a medical or non-medical mask covering the nose and mouth. Face shields are not considered allowable, as there is an opening below the mouth.
People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without others’ assistance, are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask due to a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.
Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places to identify the person wearing the mask, for consuming food or beverage at a restaurant or similar location. You may also remove your mask while participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sports facility, and while you are receiving a personal or health service that requires the mask to be removed.
On behalf of Downtown Kamloops, we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Community commitment and compliance will prevent the spread of Covid-19 and allow businesses to continue operating.