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CSRD directors support BC's mask-wearing recommendation

Officials support masks

Directors of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District are voicing their support of the province's recommendation of wearing masks in certain social situations.

While the board states they are pleased to see BC's success in flattening the curve, they want to stress that now is not the time to let up on Dr. Bonnie Henry's instituted protective measures.

"This includes support for residents and visitors to be wearing masks in situations where maintaining a two-metre distance from others is difficult or not possible," says the CSRD in a press release. "At the July 16, 2020 regular board meeting, directors discussed concerns that citizens are becoming too lax with public health recommendations designed to keep transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus low."

Masks are currently not mandatory in B.C., but Dr. Henry strongly recommends wearing them, especially indoors or while using public transportation.

CSRD directors are continuing to encourage citizens to follow other provincial health guidelines, which include:

  • Frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from others

  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Stay home if you feel unwell

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly

  • Contact 811 in BC if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or a loss of smell or taste

For more information and to access an online self-assessment tool, you can visit bc.thrive.health.

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