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July 29th, 2020

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Early Sullivan Attorneys File Notice of Application for Mandatory Mask Rules

Kailin Che and Lawrence Wong recently filed a notice of application on behalf of Dr. Wei Li, a family doctor in Burnaby, British Columbia. The application, filed in B.C. Supreme Court, calls for Health Minister Adrian Dix to halt Phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan until masks are required in indoor public environments. The notice of application lists restaurants, bars, hospitals, public transit, retail stores, educational institutions and theaters as indoor public environments.

The notice of application states “Reopening communities while failing to require citizens to wear masks in public during a global pandemic is akin to allowing everyone to drive in a windowless car at 300 km/h in a hurricane without the need to wear a seatbelt.” The notice also notes that B.C. has one of the lowest testing rates in the country and that there have been a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The Health Minister has yet to respond to the legal action, but said he wears a mask in stores and while on transit.

Bethany Lindsay’s CBC article summarizes the application and includes a link to the application in full.

Kailin Che also spoke about the topic in a radio segment with Canada’s Global News which can be found here.