Shopping Directory Shows BC Businesses in Need of Face Masks
You can search over 300 companies to see their mask policies.
Are you concerned about your safety since the mandatory mask policy was lifted across British Columbia?
While some British Columbians were thrilled to see the policy lifted on July 1, others fear there is a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Since the lifting of the order, many residents have taken to social media to share their experiences. Several of them believe that the health and safety of businesses, employees and customers are at risk because of the relaxed rules. Masks are recommended in indoor public places for all people 12 years of age and older who have not yet been fully immunized.
And while not all companies keep asking customers to cover their faces, others don’t even recommend that they do so.
Originally from Terrace, Crystal Mundy spent her adult life in Kelowna and moved to Edmonton in June for her final residency with Alberta Health Services. She said Vancouver is awesome that she was involved in several “COVID-related” projects during the pandemic. Now she is part of a group that runs the Safer purchasing network – a directory of points of sale / services which continue to require masks.
British Columbians can type a store’s name into a directory search to see if it still requires employees and customers to wear masks. At the time of this writing, 303 companies are included in the list. However, the list will continue to grow.
“Three of us manage the administrator side of the network, and then a lot more are involved in finding, entering and confirming information,” she explained.
“This network should NOT shame or blame businesses”
There is also a list of companies that do not need masks under the directory of those that do.
But Mundy stressed that the directory is not meant to shame businesses that don’t need masks.
“I will be clear that this network is NOT to shame or blame companies that are unable to keep a mask mandate for customers. Without a provincial mask mandate to support them, we know customers can get angry and even violent, ”she said. “Essential workers and others should never be placed in such circumstances.”
In order to reduce conflicts between clients and companies, she hopes that the network will be able to offer a tool to people “at risk”.
“This includes parents of children under 12 (currently unvaccinated), people with autoimmune diseases, children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, young essential workers and many more.”
Mundy added that the World Health Organization continues to advise people to wear masks in indoor public places due to concerns about strains of COVID-19 such as the Delta variant.
The Safer Shopping Network plans to open across Canada, but that will depend on when and how each province handles the mask’s mandate.