Please note that this poster is no longer up-to-date. B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner encourages individuals and organizations to take precautions based on the most current advice from public health officials and to seek legal advice if necessary. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in B.C., please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner has issued a simple poster to clarify mask-wearing exemptions permitted under the mandatory mask Order. The poster relates to indoor public spaces as defined on page 3 of the Order. This includes, for example, retail and service businesses, workplaces (in shared common areas of office buildings), public event spaces, places of public worship, and public transportation vehicles. It does not include, for example, indoor spaces in public schools, where a mask Order has subsequently been issued and differs. Long-term care and health care settings may also have different rules. The poster is designed to be placed alongside notices or signage about a business’s mask-wearing policies.

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A preview of the Exemptions to the mandatory mask order in British Columbia poster. Click to view PDF.

The poster clarifies that you do not have to wear a mask if:

Having a valid reason not to wear a mask does not guarantee you access to an indoor space. Businesses can accommodate you by serving you in other ways, such as providing curbside pick-up.

The poster advises business owners that:

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