With new positive cases of COVID-19 rising in the Interior, the Central Okanagan is returning to a mandate of wearing indoor masks for those twelve years and older.

These new rules include locations such as Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country.

The restrictions only apply to the Central Okanagan.

More than half of the new COVID-19 cases in the province over the last week have come from the region, totalling 240. Several businesses, particularly in the Kelowna area, have been forced to temporarily close as of late due to positive tests.

The gap between first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be reduced in the region to four weeks.

Travel is being discouraged in and out of the Central Okanagan unless you are fully immunized. This does not include families with kids.

Vaccination rates in the Interior have fallen a whole six percentage points behind the rest of the Province for dose one, and 3.2 percentage points behind for dose two.

The rules come into place as of midnight.