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Non-medical masks or face coverings mandatory at City facilities

November 20, 2020
News Release

The City of Quesnel is following measures as directed by the Provincial Health Ministry as we deal with COVID-19 in British Columbia. This is an evolving situation, and we will adapt our response based upon advice from public health officials. As always, the health and safety of the public and City staff remain our top priority.

Effective immediately, as directed by the Provincial Health Officer, all staff and visitors to City of Quesnel facilities must wear masks or face coverings. This includes City Hall, Quesnel and District Arts & Recreation Centre, West Fraser Centre, Arena 2, Public Works and any other indoor facility owned or operated by the City of Quesnel. All public attending Council Meetings will be required to wear a mask. Employees are not required to wear masks in their individual offices or in protected/isolated areas away from others. This Order does not apply to visitors with medical exemptions or those who are under the age of two years.

Public health officials have made the requirement of wearing masks based on a number of factors. These factors include rates of infection and/or transmission in the community.

Also in accordance with the new Public Health Orders, no spectators are allowed at any sport activities at the West Fraser Centre, or Arena 2. Sport teams travelling from outside of Quesnel will not be able to participate in sporting events at City facilities, the only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. The City of Quesnel will work with minor sport groups to ensure parental supervision can be provided where appropriate for very young children.

The walking track is still available and public skating will continue at Arenas. Masks are mandatory for those using the walking track, and those skating will be required to wear a mask while in the arenas, but not while on the ice.

Gym facilities as well as the pool and hot tub remain open at the Recreation Centre. Masks are mandatory everywhere outside of the pool and pool deck at the Recreation Centre as well as for those using the gym/facilities.

We are focusing on maintaining services that our residents rely on, and agree with the health experts’ direction to exercise an abundance of caution in dealing with this virus, so that we can help curb its spread throughout British Columbia.

For further information about the Provincial Health Orders, please visit the BC Government website.

For more information about proper mask use please visit the Government of Canada website.

If you have questions regarding a City or Recreation function please email cityhall@quesnel.ca

Media Contact:

Laura Long
Communication Clerk
City of Quesnel
E: llong@quesnel.ca
T: 1-250-991-7475

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