The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is backing the new provincial health order mandating that masks be worn in indoor spaces.
In a release, chamber president Tyson Andrykew said another business lockdown would be devastating to businesses already facing financial woes.
“The announcement is timely as the business community in Kamloops was recently voicing its support for these added measures,” Andrykew said, noting a survey of the chamber membership earlier this month found 86 per cent of respondents were in favour of a mandatory mask-wearing policy in Kamloops.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the new order on Nov. 19. The order means masks must be worn by employees and customers in indoor public and retail spaces, except while eating or drinking at a table.
When entering a business or leaving the table, masks must be worn by customers. Masks need not be worn at desks at workplaces, but must be worn by employees when they move about the workplace. The order does not apply to children under the age of two years old, nor to classrooms in schools, though masks must be worn by older students when in shared spaces, such as hallways.