City Council approved an extension to the municipal face covering bylaw for all indoor public spaces on Tuesday.
The extension will be in place until June 1, mandating that face coverings continue to be worn in indoor public spaces and when riding city transit vehicles.
The municipal bylaw will continue to be secondary to the provincial face covering bylaw, which is currently in place.
Council was told the municipal bylaw extension is needed for ensuring consistency and alignment with the overall provincial mask bylaw.
Several councillors cited the serious situation at the Olymel plant, and re-stated the need for continued precautions and vigilance. At Olymel, one in five employees out of a total of 1,800 have tested positive for COVID-19.
While the City of Red Deer is focusing on education and the hope that residents will voluntarily comply with the bylaw, fines of $50 for non-compliance will be issued as needed.
Under the bylaw, face coverings means a medical or non-medical mask, or other covering to create a barrier over the nose and mouth and limit the transmission of respiratory droplets.
There are some exemptions for medical or work-related considerations.
More information about the Province of Alberta’s mandatory mask bylaw is available at www.alberta.ca/masks.
More information about The City of Red Deer’s mandatory face covering bylaw is available on the city website.