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Masks now mandatory at all times in B.C. gyms, enforced with fines

Last Updated May 18, 2021 at 3:14 pm PDT

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Police, other officers in B.C. can now issue tickets to those not wearing a mask while working out at a gym

Cloth or disposable mask that covers nose and mouth now mandatory at all times at gyms in B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’re going to work out at the gym in B.C., make sure you’re wearing your mask at all times or face the possibility of a fine.

New changes at the provincial level mean police and other types of officers will now be able to enforce the COVID-19 mask mandate in gyms and other fitness facilities. Mask-wearing is required at all times in these spaces, including while you’re working out.

To be in line with the rules, you’ll have to don a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields don’t count.

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The provincial mask mandate applies to everyone over the age of 12, unless they are exempt.

“All other measures for indoor mask use continue to apply. People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others, are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment,” reads a statement from the province.

If you refuse to comply with the order, you could be given a $230 ticket.