Edmonton proposes mandatory mask bylaw in all indoor spaces

Jul 27 2020, 11:25 am

The City of Edmonton has proposed a bylaw making face masks mandatory in all indoors spaces in the city.

Council will decide whether or not to implement the bylaw at their Wednesday meeting.

Edmonton already requires people wear face masks in all city-run buildings and on transit, but this new bylaw would expand the mandatory mask rule to include retail stores, entertainment venues, recreation centres, taxis, and restaurants.

According to a memo to council, business operators will not be responsible for enforcement and can deny service to anyone not wearing a mask.

The proposed fine for violating the bylaw is $100.

There are notable spaces exempt from the mandatory mask bylaw, including schools, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, childcare facilities, and employee-only spaces where there are barriers between business employees and patrons.

There are also certain situations when people will be allowed to take off their mask, such as when receiving dental care, having a photo taken, exercising, swimming, eating, or drinking.

Children under two and people who have a mental or physical disability or illness that prevents them from wearing a mask are also exempt.

If approved, the bylaw will take effect August 1. It will expire automatically at the end of 2020 unless council extends it.

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