The Regional District of Central Kootenay has announced that masks must be worn by all staff and the public in common areas of its recreational facilities.
This is due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rates in parts of the RDCK, a news release states.
“We are implementing these measures due to the increase in of COVID-19 cases in the region,” said Aimee Watson, chair of the RDCK board. “Wearing masks and complying with these measures will help limit the risk of transmission throughout our communities, and will help keep our staff, residents and visitors safe.”
The mask requirement also applies to RDCK offices in Nelson, Creston and Nakusp.
Effective August 23, masks must be worn at all times inside exercise facilities, including while exercising or using the fitness centres. People who are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition are exempt from mask requirements but must maintain at least three metres distance at all times when in the facility.
Also effective August 23, only required caregivers and event personnel are allowed to attend an event, with spectators are not permitted.
Full mask guidelines are available on the RDCK website: Mask Safety Guidelines August 2021
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, and new measures or changes may be announced at any time. The RDCK reminds everyone to continue to be vigilant and to follow the guidance from the local and provincial authorities to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19.