Calgary city council approves mandatory face masks indoors and on transit

21 September 2020
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21 September 2020, Comments: 0

The Calgary city council voted in favor of making face masks mandatory in indoor public spaces and public vehicles. The new requirement will take effect on August 1.

Based on the initial report to the council, it was proposed that face coverings should be worn only on transit vehicles, however, that has been expanded to cover all public indoor spaces and vehicles effective August 1.

Entertainment facilities, shopping malls, and taxis would be all part of the new face mask by law, however, private spaces such as daycares, schools, and private residences would be exempt from the mask mandate.

As part of the bylaw, all public businesses must display a sign asking for face mask use, however, the individual stores will not be required to enforce the bylaw or turn away customers who refuse to wear a mask.

The bylaw also has exceptions for some members of the community, including young children and people with “medical issues or disabilities” that prevents them from wearing a face mask.

The bylaw will focus mainly on education rather than enforcement, but monetary penalties up to $200 will be included in the bylaw. As part of the bylaw, all public businesses must display a sign asking for face mask use, however, the individual stores will not be required to enforce the bylaw or turn away customers who refuse to wear a mask.

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