Red Deerians won’t have to wear a mask once the masking bylaws expire on Canada Day.
All three of Red Deer’s face covering bylaws will expire on July 1, in line with the lifting of the provincial mask mandate.
Red Deer city council determined at a meeting in May that they would let their masking bylaws expire when the provincial mandate was lifted.
On June 18, the province announced that the general indoor mask mandate would be lifted on July 1, with masking still required in certain circumstances, including on public transit.
The three city bylaws that will expire next month include Face Coverings in Indoor Public Places and Public Vehicles, Face Coverings in City Civic Facilities and the Transit Face Covering Bylaw.
Masks will still be provincially mandated on public transit, in public rideshare and taxis and in specific continuing care and acute healthcare settings.
Additionally, there may be occupational and business masking requirements, so Red Deerians may still see people wearing masks outside of the provincially mandated mask requirements.