Letter: Public health challenge is unprecedented

The provincial government of BC should expeditiously draft the Compassion And Respect Everyone (CARE) Act, which mandates that all able-bodied individuals inhabiting indoor public gathering spaces are required to don a face covering.

Common sense would dictate their removal for the consumption of food and/or drink, provided that physical distancing protocols are being adhered to. Ninety-five per cent of British Columbians are untested and possess an unknown status.

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Our neighbours south of the 49th parallel are being crippled by COVID-19, and when coupled with the current president pushing hard to reopen the Canada-US border, it means our backs are really up against this unprecedented public health challenge.

The BC government needs some legislative teeth in our toolbox; the CARE Act would provide a certain level of protection to mitigate risk.

The time to act was yesterday, and since this is no longer an option, let’s do it now.

Be compassionate. Be respectful. Be well.

Steve Perkins, Van Anda

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