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Anti-mask protest held at Kelowna mall

November 21, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Roughly 60 to 70 anti-mask protesters were spotted at Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna this afternoon.

An employee at a store in the mall, who declined to be named, said the group of between 60 and 70 people, of all ages, walked around the mall protesting mask use at roughly 3 p.m., Nov. 21.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry put an order in place Nov. 19, mandating that British Columbians wear masks at all indoor public spaces, including retail outlets.

Another employee, who also declined to be named, also confirmed that the large group walked around the mall, and said it made him "nervous" to see the protest.

Dr. Henry has also ordered all social gatherings including those in private homes be limited to the immediate household.

She has also ordered that social gatherings in public spaces, even those with less than 50 people, must stop, including faith-based services, events in hotel meeting rooms and music performances in restaurants even when there is safe distancing.

The new orders and restrictions stay in place until at least midnight, Dec. 7.

The RCMP and Orchard Park Shopping Centre could not be immediately reached for comment.

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