COVID restrictions reinstated in B.C., Quebec and Manitoba as cases surge in some areas


Some provinces were doubling down Tuesday with mask and vaccination requirements in an effort to bring down rising COVID-19 cases, while the Northwest Territories reported its first death related to the virus. British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba all reintroduced mandatory face coverings in some settings. Starting Wednesday, B.C. is bringing back a public health order requiring people to wear masks in all indoor public spaces — including malls, grocery stores and on transit — to try to curb the spread of infections fuelled primarily by the Delta variant. The order also includes students in Grade 4 and up who will soon be returning to classrooms. Face coverings will be encouraged for younger children. Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said the order is to be reassessed in mid-October when the province plans to have fully implemented a proof of vaccination card for anyone wanting to eat in restaurants, visit theatres or go to other events. Quebec also announced an indoor mask mandate for elementary and high school students across nine regions of the province, including Montreal.

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