The City of West Kelowna is joining municipal governments around the province in mandating non-medical masks at city-operated facilities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Facilities include public access to Municipal Hall, public works and recreation buildings.
The mandate requiring the public to wear masks comes as B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer announced the expectation of increased personal protective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces, including inside public facilities.
Jason Luciw with communications at the city said the highest demographic population in West Kelowna is senior citizens.
City employees are required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth, particularly when physical separation of six-feet is not available. This requirement, along with WorkSafeBC safety measures of sanitization of public and workspaces, frequent hand washing, physical distancing and staying home when feeling sick, all work toward reducing the pandemic.