Masks now mandatory at all indoor municipal facilities

Masks now mandatory at all indoor municipal facilities

(North Cowichan, BC) – Effective now, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people 12 years and older, including Municipal Hall, indoor recreation facilities, and other public and office spaces. This reflects the latest Province of British Columbia mandate on masks in order to help slow COVID-19 transmission, and to help prepare for the fall respiratory illness season.

In addition to the mask mandate, starting September 13 proof of at least first dose vaccination status (and fully vaccinated by October 24) must be presented to participate in some municipal meetings and recreation activities. The BC Vaccine Card, which the province is currently working on details, as well as valid ID, will be required to attend these activities. North Cowichan is reviewing these new requirements and will have more details ahead of September 13. Events and activities subject to vaccination status will include:

  • Gyms, pools and recreation facilities (does not include youth recreational sport)
  • Indoor high intensity group exercise
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops (this includes public meetings such as Council and committee meetings)
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art

“I want to thank everyone in North Cowichan for their continued support of these health orders, and for their adaptability in light of restrictions and changes to services,” said Acting Mayor Rosalie Sawrie. “This has also been a tremendous opportunity to expand how we serve our residents and businesses through new and improved online and virtual channels, things that we will continue well past the end of the pandemic.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the Municipality of North Cowichan has moved a number of services online. These services include Building Permit applications (Building@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3102); Subdivision applications (Engineering@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3103); and Development applications (Planning@northcowichan.ca or call 250-746-3104).

For more information on North Cowichan’s ongoing response to COVID-19 visit our webpage: www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19 or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/northcowichan   

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Media Contact:         
Rosalie Sawrie, Acting Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.710.4293
E rosalie.sawrie@northcowichan.ca