City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer (Advocate file photo).

City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer (Advocate file photo).

Veer urges indoor mask wearing immediately

We must protect hospital capacity and each other, says Tara Veer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer says the new provincial pandemic restrictions announced Tuesday will be “challenging,” but will support citizens, businesses and “our community as whole” during a worsening pandemic.

She advocated for a provincewide approach after Premier Jason Kenney stopped short of announcing an Alberta-wide masking policy.

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

“The rising number of cases of COVID-19 in our community and in our province is affecting us all, and a provincewide approach that acknowledges the widespread impacts of COVID-19, beyond our City of Red Deer borders, is critical as we work to implement measures that are effective for our citizens, our community and our province,” said Veer.

The City of Red Deer is continuing to work closely with Alberta Health in response to local case numbers, she said.

Veer said the city strongly encourages citizens to wear a face covering, in accordance with the bylaw, starting immediately.

Veer said a 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.”

Red Deer City Council