Provincial rules mean masks must be worn at all indoor and retail locations, as of Friday, Nov. 20. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Provincial rules mean masks must be worn at all indoor and retail locations, as of Friday, Nov. 20. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Public health orders mean a change of plans at Quesnel facilities

Spectators are not allowed at the city’s two arenas, and masks are required inside city buildings

With new public health orders across B.C. come new rules at City of Quesnel facilities.

All people entering city buildings must wear a mask or face covering. These buildings include City Hall, the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre, West Fraser Centre, Arena 2, the Public Works building and any other indoor facility owned or operated by the city.

Updated public health orders came into effect on Nov. 20, mandating masks be worn indoors.

READ MORE: Masks now mandatory in all public indoor and retail spaces in B.C.

“We are focusing on maintaining services that our residents rely on and agree with the health experts’ direction to exercise an abundance of caution in dealing with this virus so that we can help curb its spread throughout British Columbia,” a news release from the city reads.

The health orders also ban spectators at sporting events, and teams are not allowed to travel to play games.

“The City of Quesnel will work with minor sport groups to ensure parental supervision can be provided where appropriate for very young children,” the release reads.

The communications officer for Quesnel and District Minor Hockey gave an update to parents on Facebook. He echoed what the city and province said, but clarified the rules around younger players.

“For the U9 group, they are allowed one parent per kid to stay and help with tying skates and bathroom breaks,” he wrote. “They must wear masks and follow the directions from the rink attendants as to where you are able to sit or stand for the duration of the practice/game. For this group, parents are considered off ice helpers and not spectators.”

The orders banning spectators and travel also apply to the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association.

While masks were mandatory at the Quesnel Curling Centre while inside the building, masks are now mandatory on the playing surface as well.

While spectators are banned at the West Fraser Centre and Arena 2, the walking track remains open, and public skating will continue. People using the walking track are required to wear a mask, and those using the ice need to have one at the ready to put on as soon as they leave the ice surface.

Employees at the city are not required to wear masks in their own work area, but they must use one when dealing with the public or interacting with others.

All members of the public who are attending council meetings are required to wear a mask.

READ MORE: 6 things you need to know about B.C.’s latest COVID-19 health orders

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