EDITORIAL – Now is the time for regulation, not expectation on masks

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE ‘EXPECTATION’ THAT MASKS will be worn in all indoor public places is worth about as much as a pumpkin spice latte if you throw in five bucks.

Dr. Bonnie Henry still can’t bring herself to order mandatory mask wearing in public. Instead, she says this: “It is now the expectation that people will wear a non-medical mask in public spaces.

“It is not an order, because this is something I know we support as part of our mutual responsibility to protect each other.”

If that were true, it wouldn’t be necessary to try to talk people into it with expectations. Fact is, an awful lot of people still don’t support wearing masks as part of their mutual responsibility. They still don’t get that if we all wore masks we’d all be protected. We’re getting better but we’re not there yet.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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