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West Kelowna mandates masks in City-operated facilities

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November 03, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The City of West Kelowna is requiring non-medical masks covering the nose and mouth to be worn at all City-operated facilities in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This includes public access to municipal hall, public works, recreation and any other city facilities opened to the public, according to a City of West Kelowna press release.

West Kelowna employees are required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth, particularly when physical separation of six-feet is not available, the City said.

People taking part in recreational activities must adhere to provincial COVID-19 protocols before, during and after play to help protect one another and decrease the exposure to COVID-19, the City said.

The City of West Kelowna continues to encourage residents to conduct business online or by phone whenever possible to reduce face-to-face interactions.

Visit the City's website here to see the latest updates to COVID-19 safety protocols and contact information.

READ MORE: Masks now mandatory at City Hall and other indoor Kelowna-run facilities

Kelowna has also taken the step to mandate masks in all city hall facilities and other private organizations, like the Okanagan YMCA, are stepping up its mask-wearing protocols.

Kamloops mayor Ken Christian also made a public announcement last week, requesting that citizens wear masks inside city facilities, but did not list them as a requirement. Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming also said the city isn't mandating masks in city facilities, but expects residents to wear masks, especially when social distancing isn't possible indoors.

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