As per the mask mandate order, masks are mandatory for everyone 12 years and older in all public indoor settings and workplaces.
This includes public indoor settings such as all retail stores, libraries, community and recreation centres, restaurants and bars when not seated at a table, sport and fitness facilities, public transportation, places of worship, and common areas in apartment buildings and condos.
For workplaces, this includes common areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained such as elevators, hallways, break rooms etc.
Disposable masks are available at all facilities for anyone who does not have one. Individuals who are medically exempt, along with children under the age of two years are not required to wear a mask. Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are encouraged to wear a mask.
Please note, masks are not required for City staff when they are working in a personal office or workstation, when behind a Plexiglas barrier and physical distancing is maintained, or when working outdoors and physical distancing is maintained.
Indoor Individual Exercise Requirements
As per the BC Centre for Disease Control's Indoor Individual Exercise Requirements, masks must also be worn at all times while exercising and moving throughout a weight room or fitness area.
People who are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition or physical, cognitive or mental impairment, and people who are unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person are exempt from mask requirements. People who are unable to wear a mask must maintain at least 3m distance at all times when in the facility.
Disposing of PPE
Choosing reusable personal protective equipment (PPE), such as fabric masks, and soap or hand sanitizer instead of gloves, is better for the environment and your wallet.
Single-use personal hygiene items like face masks, gloves, used tissues, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, etc. cannot be recycled or placed in the greens bin. Please place these items securely in a garbage bin.