Following the March 10 announcement from the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will no longer require masks to be worn by members of the public in any of its offices or facilities effective Friday, March 11, 2022. The PHO based this decision on BC’s lowered hospitalization and transmission rates.
Today’s announcement applies to members of the public accessing RDCK offices and facilities; however it is still the responsibility of the RDCK to determine what is appropriate to ensure the health and safety of its staff. As a result, staff will continue to follow masking and proof of vaccination guidelines set by the RDCK board of directors and RDCK management. Please respect the fact staff will be wearing masks even if members of the public are not required to do so.
Some members of the public may also continue to wear masks. This is their personal choice, and should be respected.
“We appreciate the public’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety, not only of our employees and volunteers, but the community at large, when using our facilities since these mandates were originally implemented,” said Stuart Horn, RDCK Chief Administrative Officer. “While the RDCK looks forward to seeing more smiling faces at all our facilities, we also recognize that some people will feel more comfortable wearing masks.”