VICTORIA, B.C. - Today, new health and safety measures for K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and the province were announced by the Provincial Health Officer, Minister of Education, and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:
“Despite having months to prepare, the back to school guidance does not instill full confidence for a return to schools in the fall. The re-instated mask mandate is welcome as masks are a critical layer of protection. The delivery, however, is jarring and leaves people and businesses to scramble for the introduction tomorrow.
“British Columbians have had to deal with uncertainty, anxiety, and frustration for a year and a half now. What this government should be providing is a framework, similar to the Restart Plan, that gives citizens some sense of clarity on decision-making and the factors that are triggering our pandemic measures. We deserve to know what the plan is, if it exists at all.
“This pandemic is not behind us, as much as we all wish it was. We need to see that this government has control of the situation as the Delta variant spreads, and this begins with leadership that is proactive, consistent, and listens to the needs of British Columbians.”
B.C. Green Caucus
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