Masks up: Edmonton’s masks mandate goes into impact in the present day

Bring the masks back out. The mask mandate for Edmonton will officially go into effect on Friday, September 3rd.

The city council voted Monday to reinstate the statutes, which will remain in effect until the end of the year or until the Edmonton case number drops below 100 cases per 100,000 people for at least 10 consecutive days.

The mask mandate first went into effect on August 1, 2020 and remained in effect until Canada Day when it was deactivated after the province’s reopening plan went into effect.

Face-covering is mandatory in all indoor public places including retail stores, entertainment venues, recreation centers, restaurants and train stations, as well as buses, LRT vehicles, taxis and other rental vehicles.

This means that when you visit a restaurant, you don’t have to wear a mask in a designated eating or drinking area. You must put a mask back on when going to and from a seat.

If you are in a gym, masks are required inside; However, there is an exception for people to exercise or eat or drink while sitting in a designated room. Masks are required when entering public communal areas.

A $ 100 fine could be imposed by police or peace officials for violating the statutes.

Exceptions under the Bylaws remain, including those unable to put on or take off a mask without assistance, children under the age of two, those unable to wear face covering for mental or physical reasons, or for reasons protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act, and individuals caring for or assisting a person with a disability when wearing face covering would interfere with that service.

“Medical experts have made it clear that we are in the fourth wave of COVID-19 and I applaud the City Council for making this decision to ensure the safety of Edmonton people. I urge Edmonton people to be respectful of one another and remember that masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces from Friday, ”Mayor Don Iveson said on the city’s website.

There are currently ___ active COVID-19 cases in Edmonton.

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