City of Kamloops adjusts to new health orders

Mandatory mask use in all cviic buildings, cancellation of some indoor fitness classes and no public or media in person at council meetings,

In response to sweeping new restrictions put in place this week by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the city has made a number of changes.

On Friday afternoon (Nov. 20), the city announced masks will now be mandatory in all civic buildings in common and public spaces. The city is also in the process of liaising with people who have rented community halls in order to ensure the activities are compliant with public health orders, which include no organized events, community gatherings, social gatherings or group exercise classes.

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Public engagement on all city projects will be virtual for the remainder of the year, including the cancellation of an in-person open house planned for this weekend around the North Shore Plan. Furthermore, council and committee meetings and public hearings will be restricted to council and staff only in person, with the public and media able to participate online through Zoom.

Finally, the city has cancelled some high-intensity indoor fitness classes for the remainder of the fall, including strength intervals, cyclefit, HIIT and TRX classes. The city said residents who registered for the classes have been contacted and provided account credits. Other classes will be modified to reduce the intensity.

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