The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton issues clarification on mask requirement for recreation facilities

Masks will be required for everyone 12 years and older, and face shields are not enough

The City of Penticton has issued a clarification on the requirement for masks in recreation facilities.

Masks will be required to be worn by everyone 12-years and older in the city’s recreation facilities, such as the community centre gym, McLaren Arena and the pool.

The city has issued a clarification that a mask or face covering is a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth, and that face shields are not a substitute since they have an opening below the mouth.

READ MORE: Masks required at all Penticton facilities, including the gym and pool

People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without assistance are exempt, and the city notes that due to psychological, behavioural or health conditions or impairments, a person may be unable to wear a mask.

According to the city’s clarification release, masks may be removed temporarily while participating in a sport or fitness activity, such as users of the fitness room removing their masks while undertaking high-intensity static activities. The city advises that people continue to wear their mask in the fitness room while engaged in lower intensity activities.

For up-to-date announcements and information regarding recreation facilities, you can visit www.penticton.ca/restartrec.

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