Here's what would make the City of Calgary repeal the face mask bylaw

Sep 15 2020, 9:34 am

Seeing face masks while out and about in Calgary has become the new normal.

The City of Calgary passed the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw on July 21, which came into effect on August 21, that mandates the wearing of face masks in all public buildings and on transit.

According to a release, City Council was recently updated by Administration that the bylaw is recommended to remain in place.

“The objectives of the bylaw are to increase usage of face coverings to help lower transmissions of the virus and to keep Calgary’s economy open,” said Kay Choi, Manager of Strategic Services with Calgary Community Standards, in the release.

“Early indications are that the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw is contributing to those intended objectives.”

In the month and a half since the bylaw first came into effect, the city has seen roughly 600 reports to 311 of people not wearing a face covering in a public place, though these reports have only resulted in two total tickets “after attempts to gain compliance through education were unsuccessful,” the release states.

Barring a complete end to the pandemic, the City of Calgary states that the only foreseeable way that the bylaw would be repealed is “in the event there is a sudden reversal in the medical advice that face coverings are no longer beneficial.”

Administration would then recommend that the bylaw be repealed at the next possible City Council meeting.

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