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Masks mandate for staff, students in grade 4 and up to new school year

Students in kindergarten to grade 12 and those attending continuing education in BC will receive the COVID-19 lesson plan on health and safety this morning.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Ministers of Education and Higher Education are expected to lay out plans for returning to school at a news conference at. 9:30 PT.

CBC News will livestream the conference.

Prime Minister John Horgan said he knows parents and students have many questions about returning to school next month as COVID-19 cases rise across the province.

There were 16 more COVID-related deaths over a 72-hour period ending Monday, along with 1,711 new cases, spurred on by the highly contagious delta variant.

Henry said young people aged 12 to 17 will have easy access to vaccination on their way into the school year, and there will be clinics on campus for after-school students.

She told a news conference Monday that nearly 90 percent of the province’s COVID-19 cases in the past month have been among unvaccinated people, and most infections have been diagnosed in those between the ages of 20 and 40.

Nearly 75 percent of all eligible BC residents have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while just over 83 percent have received their first shot.

Vaccine cards are coming this fall

On Monday, the province announced residents will need a vaccine card to get into restaurants, clubs, ticketed sporting events and organized events like weddings in the fall.

From September 13, people must show proof of having had a single dose of a vaccine to access these activities. After October 24, they must have been fully vaccinated for at least seven days.

The measures apply to post-secondary campuses, including studio apartments, where proof of vaccination from September 7 is required.

Prime Minister John Horgan said Monday that the card will give people confidence to participate in non-discretionary activities and businesses, especially as the province is unlikely to move into the final step of its Sept. 7 restart plan.

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