B.C. Premier John Horgan and Summerland Mayor Toni Boot along with others wear masks at a recent outdoor visit to Penticton (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Summerland Mayor Toni Boot along with others wear masks at a recent outdoor visit to Penticton (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

Masks now mandatory in all Summerland public facilities

Penticton has not yet followed suit

Following the most recent advice from the Provincial Health Officer, the District of Summerland will now expect all residents, developers, contractors, consultants, and others visiting District facilities to wear a mask.

This enhanced safety protocol will apply to all municipal facilities, including municipal hall, the aquatic and fitness centre, Summerland Arena, and works and infrastructure, beginning on Monday, Nov. 16. Masks are optional while participating in recreation activities and sports but are expected in public areas of recreation facilities (i.e. lobby, change rooms, etc.)

“All district safety protocols and procedures will continue to be updated and enhanced under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer as we do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and workplaces,” said the information release from Summerland.

READ MORE: Interior Health record 34 new cases

District of Summerland staff, who are close to one another or members of the public where physical distancing is not possible, or where barriers/partitions are not in place, will also be expected to wear a mask.

So far, the city of Penticton has not required masks in any of their facilities. However, they are requiring masks be worn to all public hearings, including the upcoming hearings on Monday, Nov. 16 at Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

This comes on the heels of COVID-19 cases surging across B.C., including in Interior Health. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has put in special restrictions for hotbed areas like Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.



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