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Three-quarters of North Shore residents support mandatory masks for all students: poll

Only 15 per cent say youngest students shouldn't have to wear masks
Masks have been mandatory for students from kindergarten up, starting on Oct. 4, 2021. A recent poll finds the vast majority of North Shore residents approve.

An overwhelming majority of North Shore residents support mandatory masks for B.C. students from kindergarten up, according to a new poll.

The announcement that kids up to Grade 3 would now be required to wear their masks indoors was made on Oct. 1. Previously, only students from grades 4 to 12 were included in the mandate.

North Shore News polled 1,424 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Are you happy with the new mask mandate for all students in B.C.?

The poll ran from Oct. 1 to Oct. 18 on our website. Of the 1,424 votes, we can determine that 534 are from within the North Shore community. The full results are as follows:

Yes, every layer of protection is needed at this critical time. 76.40 % local, 68.40 % total    
Maybe, but it won't be easy for younger students. 8.43 % local, 7.72 % total    
No, it is more trouble than it's worth. 15.17 % local, 23.88 % total    
  Local   Total

On Monday, Pfizer announced it had submitted its application to Health Canada for its COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for children aged five to 11.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers who are located in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.59%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.