Quesnel has been put under a dust advisory by the provincial government.
The alert went out just before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.
“The Northern Health Authority has issued a Dust Advisory for Quesnel because of high concentrations of coarse particulate matter that are expected to persist until there is precipitation, dust suppression or a change in traffic patterns,” a media release reads. “Levels tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations. This advisory is in effect until further notice.”
The notice says exposure to dust could be dangerous for people with chronic conditions, and those suffering from COVID-19.
“Where appropriate, maintain physical distancing,” the notice reads. “Anyone experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, should follow the advice of their health care provider. Staying indoors helps to reduce particulate matter exposure.”
The notice gives tips to avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic, stop activity if breathing becomes difficult, run an indoor air cleaner, and maintain physical distance if possible.
A dust advisory in March of 2020 ended the same day it was issued. Another one was issued later that month. Those advisories were due to traffic stirring up road sand.
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