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Notices on Vancouver Island falsely declare COVID-19 restrictions over

Last Updated Mar 1, 2021 at 8:49 am PDT

FILE - Packages of face masks. (CITYNEWS/Tony Fera)

Flyers posted on Vancouver Island falsely claim COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted

Notices falsely telling people COVID-19 orders are over have been posted in public spaces and even slipped under doors

Fake flyers say Canadians are 'back in charge of our lives' and are calling for businesses to get back to life as usual

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Someone has been busy making and posting fake COVID-19 notices on Vancouver Island.

Images first shared online by CHEK News show flyers that falsely declare all restrictions are lifted as of Monday.

“All COVID Restrictions in Canada are over,” reads the flyer with bold red and white lettering.

They’ve been posted in public spaces and even slipped under doors, according to social media users.

In addition to false information about masks no longer being required, the flyer says “social distancing is no longer required,” that there are no limits on gatherings, that barriers aren’t necessary anymore and that the border has reopened to all travel.

The notices are calling for businesses to get back to normal and remove all COVID-19 safety requirements.

The author or authors of the flyers say those worried about COVID-19 are free to follow the guidelines, but that Canadians are “back in charge of our lives.”

So far, the reaction online seems relatively one-sided, with many wondering if police have been called or, in some cases, if the fake notices are a chargeable offence.

The province has given no indication of when COVID-19 public health orders will be rescinded or eased. In early February, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced restrictions, including those limiting parties, large weddings, and other social gatherings, would remain in place until further notice.

“I will be continually reviewing and reconsider the need for these restrictions based on the incidence and prevalence of the virus, the data that we’ve shown today, any new information about transmission, and the progress of our vaccination supply and our immunization program,” Henry said on Feb. 5, citing concerns around virus variants.

Just last week, Henry suggested the province could see a return to some semblance of normal by the summer.