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Okanagan teachers feel lives ‘expendable’ as B.C. mask mandate excludes classrooms: union

COVID-19 mask directive won’t apply to school classrooms.“It’s difficult to explain, not just to teachers but even to children, why they are wandering into a grocery store with their parents and they put on a mask, yet when they’re at school, surrounded by sometimes more people in a close, confined space, they don’t need to wear a mask,” said Kevin Epp, president of the Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union.

No mandatory masks in B.C. schools despite sweeping new COVID-19 orders Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry unveiled several new orders on Thursday, including mandatory masks in all public spaces and retail environments, to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 as case counts soar in Metro Vancouver, putting a strain on health care.

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