The City of Edmonton is making face masks mandatory in publicly run buildings and on transit starting August 1.
People visiting all City-owned buildings, amenities, facilities, and attractions will have to don a face covering to help stop coronavirus spread. The move comes as Alberta experiences an uptick in new daily case numbers.
“Our first priority throughout the pandemic has been maintaining everyone’s safety and well-being. Taking this step will help protect the safety of everyone accessing City services, enjoying our facilities or riding on Edmonton Transit,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin said in a news release Thursday.
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The City looked at a recent survey that suggested nearly three quarters of Edmontonians would feel more comfortable riding transit again if masks were mandatory.
Some people will be exempt from the new rule, including children under two, people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a mask, and people who are exercising.
People are also allowed to take off their mask to eat and drink in public spaces.