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To our CAN members,

As you may already be aware, the Government of BC released two new mandates last week regarding a) the renewed use of masks and b) providing proof of vaccination in order to access indoor community spaces.

These mandates will have varying effects on CAN member participation this Fall, depending on the program environment.
Like many organizations across BC, we are still discovering exactly what each provincial health order (PHO) means for our program delivery and will keep you up-to-date every step of the way.

Please review the details below. And note that PHOs are always subject to change.
Use of masks in public, indoor settings

On Tue, Aug 24, the Government of BC announced that individuals over the age of 12 are once again required to wear masks in public, indoor settings.

This includes community & rec centres and the common areas of sport & fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity.

View full list of indoor environments requiring masks >>

The Government of BC outlines exemptions for people a) under the age of 12, b) with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one, c) who cannot remove a mask on their own and d) who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person's hearing impairment.

View the full Government of BC announcement >>

In order to ensure the highest-possible level of safety at CAN programs, we continue to recommend the use of masks both indoor and outdoor -- even while engaged in physical activity.

Note that, as always, we will provide detailed health & safety protocols before the start of each Fall program.
Proof of vaccination

On Mon, Aug 23, the Government of BC announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be required for individuals over the age of 12 to access certain indoor, public spaces.

Proof of having received the 1st dose will be required beginning Mon, Sep 13. Proof of full vaccination* will be required beginning Sun, Oct 24.

*One is considered fully vaccinated 7 days after their 2nd dose.

This mandate does NOT apply to "youth recreational sport" or for individuals under the age of 12.
See the full list of indoor environments where proof of vaccination will be required >>

We are currently seeking answers of what this means for our participants, families, staff and volunteers for each program, so please stay tuned for further announcements in the coming weeks.

Note that, as always, we will provide detailed health & safety protocols before the start of each Fall program.
Continued health and safety measures

Alongside these new orders, we will be continuing our enhanced safety measures at CAN programs. These include regular hand hygiene and cleaning of high-touch surfaces, physical distancing, screening and adaptations to curriculum.

Please be advised that CAN works with third-party facilities to host programs and events. Each facility may implement their own health and safety protocols (ie. entrance/exit procedures, washroom availability, etc) that we must abide by.
As we continue to navigate the health situation in BC, please know that your safety remains our top priority.

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August 31, 2021
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