It has now been over a year since Dr. Bonnie Henry implemented the mask mandate in British Columbia.
Meanwhile, British Columbia has seen COVID-19 cases reach unprecedented heights. Additionally, the mask’s original mandate has been expanded to include school-aged children as well. Since then, the number of cases in schools seems to have increased. These results seem to suggest that masks are an ineffective method of combating viral transmission, as Henry has previously acknowledged with the statement, “The mask mandate did not make a difference in virus transmission in other jurisdictions”.
Given these facts, we have the following questions for Dr. Henry:
Was your decision to implement the mask mandate based on specific evidence or studies that we may not know existed?
Following your statements on the ineffectiveness of masks made between March and September 2020, what new information came to your attention that prompted you to make masks mandatory?
After more than a year of the mask mandate, can you provide evidence that it has significantly reduced infections in BC (or elsewhere)?
Have cost-benefit analyzes or impact studies been carried out on the effects of mask-wearing on the social and mental development of children (especially given the extremely low risk posed to them by COVID-19)?
We would appreciate specific answers to these questions. The mask mandate is extremely disruptive to our lives, the lives of our children and our communities. We believe it violates section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our right to life, liberty and security of the person. However, we understand that limits to these rights are possible if justified; with this in mind, we ask that you publicly provide this rationale by providing detailed responses to our questions above.
Free the Children of Vancouver Island