Although B.C. has not made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces, some business owners are requiring all customers to wear them before entering their store. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Mandatory indoor mask wearing starts Monday in Red Deer

A municipal bylaw requiring masking in public indoor places takes effect Monday in Red Deer.

Mayor Tara Veer has said the mandatory face covering bylaw is one of the municipal measures being taken to help further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I urge all Red Deerians to continue to be extremely diligent in ensuring we limit community spread. This is a fluid situation that we are monitoring on a daily basis,” said Veer.

“It is imperative that we remain strong and remember that every measure we take is not only to protect ourselves, but to protect all Red Deerians and capacity at our local hospital.”

Bars and eateries are excepted from the bylaw, as are child care centres. The new rules will also not apply to children under nine, disabled people, and anyone engaging in heavy labour.

It applies to passengers in public vehicles, like taxis or rides for hire, but not to drivers where there’s a barrier installed.

The fine for not wearing a face covering in a public place will be $50.

The bylaw has a March 1, 2021 sunset clause, at which pont it would end ot be renewed.

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