A woman wears a mask to protect herself against COVID-19 as she walks past trees turning colour in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

A woman wears a mask to protect herself against COVID-19 as she walks past trees turning colour in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

City of Chilliwack urging residents to mask up in public places

Council calls it a ‘frightening time for many’ as they ask residents to comply with COVID-19 orders

The City of Chilliwack is asking everyone to mask up in public spaces.

They put the statement out at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, following the day’s public health announcement regarding COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry has been urging people, particularly in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, to do everything possible to lower numbers.

In the previous 24 hours, B.C. recorded 525 new cases, and had three more people die from the virus.

READ MORE: B.C. records another 525 COVID-19 cases, three deaths

The city is urging people to heed the advice of Henry and other health officials, and outlined what they mean for residents.

“As we make our way through the second wave of COVID-19, all eyes have been turned towards the rising case counts,” they wrote. “This is a frightening time for many of us, especially for our seniors and those with health concerns. Right now, it is important for all of us to do our part to bend B.C.’s curve back down.”

Henry has issued a new health order for our region, effective until Nov. 23, the city’s statement says.

“This order prohibits gatherings of any size outside of your immediate household. This means that for the next two weeks, we all need to spend time with only the people we live with. Do not invite others into your home, to restaurants, or to outdoor gatherings. Instead, connect through the phone, email, or video chat,” it says.

The statement is signed by Mayor Ken Popove and all of council.

“As a council, we are asking everyone in our community to follow all health orders closely and to wear a mask whenever you are out in public. Wearing a mask protects the people around you. We know that some people who are able to wear a mask are choosing not to, but during this critical time we expect that Chilliwack residents will do the right thing and wear a mask in public spaces.”

They also addressed local businesses, encouraging them to “make the necessary changes to their COVID-19 safety plans to meet the latest orders and recommendations,” as they said they’ve done as well.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been continually re-evaluating our COVID-19 safety plans for municipal staff and making changes as required. Last week we implemented a new mask policy for staff in civic facilities, requiring masks be worn in all common areas.

“In addition to these measures, we should all be practicing the basics. Washing your hands with soap and water, staying six feet apart from others in public spaces, wearing a mask, getting tested when you have symptoms and isolating from others when sick are all things we need to do to help keep our community safe.

“We are proud of Chilliwack and all of the adjustments our community has made so far to protect one another. While we need to stay physically apart right now, our combined efforts will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The city also took steps earlier this year to protect people from COVID-19, including closing down several of their facilities and taping off playgrounds. Those measures have since been rescinded.

READ MORE: City of Chilliwack shuts down playgrounds to stop COVID-19


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