Ask the ExpertCategory: QuestionsStep 3 of BC's Restart Plan: Can employers still enforce a mandatory mask policy?
hri_Admin Staff asked 1 year ago

Hello,
As of July 01, masks are recommended in indoor public settings. To err on the side of caution, my employer would like to extend the company’s mask policy until end of July. Can they enforce this now that masks are no longer mandatory as per Public Health?

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 1 year ago

That’s a great question. The answer is YES, you can still require employees and others to wear masks in indoor common areas, vehicles and other shared spaces where social distancing can’t be maintained. Specifically, Section 5 of the new BC Order (M012), states that “Nothing in this order prevents an operator from having additional requirements in relation to face coverings.” https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/m0012_2021
Of course, you still must make the exemptions and accommodations required when the Order did mandate indoor masks, e.g., for people with physical, mental or cognitive impairments, who are under age 12, etc.
Hope that helps. Glenn