Face Masks in British Columbia Courthouses

From November 6, 2020: 

Chief Justice Bauman, Chief Justice Hinkson, and Chief Judge Gillespie have jointly issued the following statement on behalf of all courts in British Columbia: Effective Monday, November 9, 2020, people attending courthouses in British Columbia are strongly encouraged to wear face masks, including in entrances, waiting areas, registries, hallways, stairways, restrooms and elevators. If you do not have a face mask, Sheriffs will provide one when you enter the courthouse. While wearing a face mask can reduce the spread of infection, it does not substitute for physical distancing, which must be maintained whenever possible. Children under two years of age, persons with a medical condition or disability that inhibits wearing a face mask and persons who are unable to place or remove a face mask without assistance are exempt. In addition, while inside individual courtrooms the presiding judge, justice, master or registrar in a courtroom may modify this recommendation. All people attending courthouses in British Columbia are asked to be familiar with all health and safety protocols and to cooperate in observing them in order to protect everyone in courthouses in this province.

This results in the revision of a number of notice from Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal.

Provincial Court: NP 22 In-person Proceedings During COVID-19: Health and Safety Protocols 

Supreme Court: No. 27 COVID-19: In Court Measures During the Pandemic

Court of Appeal: Notice to the Public Regarding the Court of Appeal for British Columbia's Response to COVID-19