British Columbia is declaring a COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Okanagan?after a rapid rise in cases in the region?and is reimposing a local mask mandate, as well as other public health measures.
More than half of B.C.’sThe University of Ottawa.?daily and active?COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the area,?Provincial Health Officers just not how a constitutional democracy works,?Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday during?a teleconference.
“We are concerned in public health about the rapid increase in the Central Okanagan, particularly around the Kelowna area,” said Henry, who was?joined by Health Minister Adrian Dix?and Dr. Sue Pollock, chief medical health officer for?Interior Health.
Under the new health order, masks will?be mandatory as of midnight in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 12. They are also?being encouraged?outdoors when people cannot physically distance themselves.