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Masks now mandatory at Prince George civic facilities following B.C.'s new health order

City of Prince George civic facilities like the Aquatic Centre, Conference Centre and Kin Arenas. (via City of Prince George)

The City of Prince George has responded in kind to Dr. Bonnie Henry's latest public health order that requires masks to be worn in all indoor public and retail spaces.

Effective immediately, employees, staff visitors to civic facilities, such as city hall, CN Centre and the Prince George Conference Centre, must wear a protective face-covering to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.

Unless you have medical conditions or are a child two years of age and under, the city says residents will be denied entrry or will be asked to leave if not wearing a mask.

Today (Nov. 19), the provincial health office issued a list of new orders for the next two weeks until Dec. 7 in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus as daily case-counts have been broken several times in the last week, including 762 on Wednesday (Nov. 18) and 21 in Northern Health the same day.

"Also in accordance with today's Public Health Orders, no spectators are allowed at any indoor or outdoor sport at civic arenas and the Aquatic Centre," the city adds in a statement.

"Sport teams travelling from outside of Prince George will not be able to participate in sporting events at City facilities."

On Nov. 3, the city had encouraged residents and visitors to consider wearing a mask to its civic facilities but is now mandatory.

Safety information signs will continue to be displayed in city buildings that promote the use of hand sanitizer and staying out if you’re feeling sick.

For more information, you can visit the City of Prince George’s COVID-19 information page and you can read the new public health orders on the B.C. government's website.

As of this publication, there are 563 positive tests for COVID-19 in Northern Health, including five deaths, 74 active cases and 484 recoveries.