Here's where masks are still mandatory in Vancouver

Mar 11 2022, 8:41 pm

BC officially lifted its indoor mask mandate on Friday, to mixed reactions from the public.

But even though the province has dropped mandatory mask rules, there are still several places in Metro Vancouver where patrons must continue to mask up for the time being.

YVR Airport

Airports (and airplanes) are federally regulated, so indoor masking rules still apply.

Hospitals and long-term care homes

long-term care staff

CAF member in a long-term care facility. (Canadian Armed Forces/Twitter)

Visitors in health-care settings and long-term cares homes will still need to put on a mask when visiting their loved one, the BC Ministry of Health confirmed to Daily Hive. Masks can only be taken off when in single-occupancy rooms of long-term care homes.

BC courts

law courts

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People going to courthouses in BC are still required to wear a mask in the courtroom itself as well as lobbies and waiting areas. Several chief justices released a statement March 11 saying masks will continue to be mandatory until further notice.

Service Canada locations

Service Canada


These centres follow federal public health guidelines, which state masks must be worn indoors.

University of British Columbia

Students going to in-person classes at UBC will need to keep wearing their masks until the end of this term. The campus mandate will stay in place until April 30.

HandyDART vehicles

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Although TransLink, BC Transit, and BC Ferries have lifted their mask mandates, vehicles serving HandyDART users will still require masks.

Long-term care facilities

care home people wearing masks

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Visitors to long-term care facilities must still wear a surgical mask at all times, except when visiting residents in single-occupancy rooms, according to the province’s website.

Businesses with mandatory mask policies

tattoo mask

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Although the public health order has been dropped, individual businesses and workplaces can still require employees and customers to wear masks.

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