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Masks still required in B.C. public indoor spaces for those who have travelled internationally

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As school returns this week for many students with no masking requirement those who have travelled outside the country over Spring Break are being reminded to mask up.

Federal COVID-19 travel rules state anyone who has arrived in Canada from outside the country must wear a mask in public for 14 days following entry.

The federal law states someone must wear a “properly well-constructed and well-fitting mask” when in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

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Surrey School District sent a letter to parents reminding them of the federal guidelines. It is unclear how the rules will be enforced in the school system.

“Masks are no longer required in indoor settings, though students and staff may continue to wear a mask as a personal choice,” the letter reads.

“For those that have travelled outside of Canada, please ensure you follow federal travel guidance, including wearing a well-constructed and well-fitting mask.”

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Multiple other school districts have sent similar reminders to parents and staff.

The federal guidance also applies much more broadly than the school setting but there have been no reports of people fined for not wearing masks in public after international travel.

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On April 1 the border travel rules are scheduled to change dramatically again, including waiving the requirement to produce a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada.

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