COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw
Wetaskiwin City Council passed a temporary COVID-19 face coverings bylaw at their regular September 28, 2020 Council meeting. Face coverings will only become mandatory in indoor public spaces once 15 active COVID-19 cases are reached locally, as reported by Alberta Health Services.
Bylaw 1973-20 states that a face covering must be worn at all times in a public premises or a public vehicle, unless the person is separated from other persons by an installed screen, shield, or other barrier.
The fines specified within the bylaw include a $50 penalty for failing to wear a face covering where required, and a $200 penalty for employers, operators, or proprietors who fail to display signage stating that masks are mandatory on the premises.
Read the full Press Release from September 30, 2020.
If the threshold of 15 active cases of COVID-19 is reached, the bylaw will come into and remain in effect until 30 days after the reported number of local COVID-19 cases falls below the threshold.
The face coverings bylaw does state several exemptions to the mandatory use of face coverings, including;
- children under the age of 2
- persons who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering safely without assistance
- persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering
- persons who are seated at a table or bar at a public premises that offers food or beverage services
- persons engaging in an athletic or fitness activity
- persons who are caregiving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person's disability
- persons who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service