B.C. will only consider mask mandate if new major virus emerges: public health officer

Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry speaks to the Victorian Legislature on March 10, 2022. Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito

B.C. will only consider mandatory face masks if new major virus emerges: public health official

Masks were crucial during COVID peak, but not so much now, says Dr Bonnie Henry

B.C. health officials say they have no plans to re-mandate face coverings in the near future and will likely only consider it if a new virus suddenly emerges.

On Wednesday (November 16), Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provided an update on public health information on the current respiratory disease situation and responded to Call to bring back masks.

Henry said that while masks were an important tool this time last year, they weren’t necessary this time around. She said this was largely due to higher immunity among people aged five and older, as well as the introduction of vaccines for young children.

“We’re in a different situation now,” Henry said.

She said the only reason she sees returning to a mission is if a new major virus emerges. In this case, masks would be enforced alongside a range of other measures, such as capacity limits and distancing, Henry said.

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