In a move that may yet prove to be contentious, the mask requirement did not include the province's schools as part of the order to this point.
Dr. Henry also outlined a list of other measures and orders now in place for the the next two weeks as the province looks to knock down the growing number of cases of COVID-19 that have been recorded in the last six weeks.
Many of them build on the orders and measures put in place on the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions earlier this month, with a call for the end of social gatherings and events, and a reduction of travel to just those who must leave their home area for work or medical reasons.
Athletic activities have also seen some changes, key among them the suspension of high risk activities and a ban on any travel outside of the local region.
As well spectators continue to be banned from any sports activity under the order.
More background on all of the orders and measures put in place today can be found from British Columbia Governments PHO page.
They go into effect as of midnight tonight and will remain in place until at least December 7th.
The moves announced today came as the province actually recorded a decline in the level of recent case reports, with today's COVID report showing a drop of 224 from the record setting level of 762 relayed on Wednesday.“Today, we are reporting 538 new cases of COVID-19, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 24,960 cases in British Columbia.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:
Federal Government site
British Columbia Government site
The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.
More from Northern Health can be reviewed here
You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.
Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, those past advisories can be reviewed here.
For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee