Cloth or disposable face masks provide means layer of protection in response to COVID-19. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Sicamous asks people to use face masks, not police others

Face masks recommended for any indoor public place where physical distancing isn’t possible

The District of Sicamous is following a trend set by governments around the world by requesting more use of face masks in public spaces.

In a recently-launched campaign, the district asked residents and visitors to wear masks when they are in indoor public places where two-metre physical distancing is not easily maintained. The use of masks is endorsed by the district’s council and staff.

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While the use of masks is suggested, a statement from the district asks that people respect those who choose not to wear one and those who cannot for health reasons.

“While wearing a mask is about protecting those around us, it is not necessarily helpful to police others by condemning them for not wearing a mask,” the statement fro the district reads.

“COVID-19 has called upon all of us to find more grace, empathy and patience for one another and we ask you to continue to do so.”

The recommended use of face masks joins other anti-COVID-19 measures employed by the district and the local chamber of commerce, including new procedures for visitors to municipal hall and the purchasing of hand sanitizer and signs that were distributed to local businesses.

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