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BC's Mask Mandate Is Officially Coming Back & Here's Where You'll Need To Wear One

Health officials say it's due to "increasing levels of transmission."

BC's Mask Mandate Is Back & Here's Where You'll Need To Wear One

Starting Wednesday, August 25, B.C. will once again be introducing a mask mandate for all indoor public spaces.*

"We need to continue to do those things that keep us safe and one of those is wearing masks in these indoor settings as rates of transmission in our communities have crept upwards," said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry via a video conference.

Health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year

According to Dr. Henry, the provincial health officer order will require masks to be worn by all British Columbians aged 12 years and older in areas such as malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, and many other indoor spaces.

"This measure is needed to ensure these settings are as safe as they can be for all of us as we head into the fall and we spend more time in activities, whether its school or other activities indoors," said Dr. Henry.

On Monday, August 23, the province announced that vaccine passports will be mandatory for anyone attending certain social and recreational activities starting on September 13.

The province said the temporary mask order will be re-assessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented.

*This article has been updated.

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