Air quality advisory issued for Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Air quality advisory issued for Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Air quality advisory issued for Cowichan Valley

The advisory is because of high concentrations of fine particulates

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with Island Health has continued an Air Quality Advisory for the Cowichan Valley that was first issued Nov. 3

The advisory is because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until weather conditions change.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.

Staying indoors and in air-conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure.

Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

Open burning restrictions are now in effect for the Cowichan Valley within 20 kilometres of Duncan City Hall until Nov. 6, 2019.

No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.