Just when you thought these fines and arrests for not wearing a mask couldn’t be anymore absurd, you come across the story of Victor Mihic, who says he was fined for — get this — wearing the wrong mask!
Victor’s workout routine got horribly off track the last time he went to work out at Planet Fitness in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Instead of getting his flex on, he ended up getting put in the back of a police car, despite wearing the same face covering he claims to have worn there many times before.
B.C.’s face covering mandate describes a face covering as either a medical or non-medical mask, or a tightly woven fabric that covers your mouth and nose.
That is exactly what Victor was wearing, even while trying to work out, which B.C.’s mandate says you are exempt from doing. Section 4G of the ministerial order clearly outlines an exemption for people “participating in a sport or fitness activity at a sport or fitness facility.”
Despite the Centre for Disease Control releasing a study showing that over 70 per cent of COVID-19 infected participants were frequent mask wearers, and a new study showing how masks could in fact lead to more spreading of COVID-19, businesses and enforcement officers seem quick to risk receiving human rights lawsuits by overreaching when it comes to what has actually been ordered by our public health office.
Hopefully, more brave and concerned citizens like Victor will continue to share their stories, to help raise awareness of mask exemptions for businesses during these confusing times.
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Cole Douglas, Apex account manager, provided this statement on behalf of the Nanaimo location of Planet Fitness:
At Planet Fitness, the safety of our members and employees is our top priority. We have been working closely with, and following the recommendations of, local and provincial health officials to adhere to all health and safety protocols – which includes reinforcing all employees and members to wear a mask in the club at all times.
Along with Planet Fitness’ required face mask policy, we have taken a number of steps across all of our locations, which include enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures, extensive training for staff, physical distancing measures, reducing physical touch points in the club with touchless check-in, and more.
We will continue to take every necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our community.