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Northern Health posts COVID-19 enforcement actions

Northern Health has started posting details on its enforcement of COVID-19 health orders.
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Northern Health has started posting details on its enforcement of COVID-19 health orders.

Enforcement actions, mostly warning letters, have so far been made against 12 businesses in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Terrace, Smithers, Kitimat, Quesnel, and Prince George. 

In a statement on its website, Northern Health says it “pursues progressive enforcement measures from education, up to and include warning letters, tickets and closure letters.”

“Northern Health is receiving and following up on complaints and concerns from across the region,” the health authority stated. “Posting summary information about substantiated non-compliance, written warnings and Public Health orders strengthens public accountability and transparency.”

The majority of the warning letters have been issued for compliance with proof of vaccination and mask requirements. The letters have been issued to gyms, restaurants, yoga studios, and a hair studio, and most are back in compliance, according to Northern Health.

One closure order was issued to a gym in Terrace on Oct. 8, and was rescinded five days on Oct. 13 when it was back in compliance. A cabaret and yoga studio in Prince George voluntarily closed after warning letters were issued for vaccination and mask compliance, according to Northern Health.

For the list of enforcement actions, visit the Northern Health website.