Red Deer city council considers extending mask bylaw

RED DEER – Red Deer city council is considering extending its face mask bylaw with third reading expected March 1.

The proposed extension would be in place until June 1, 2021, mandating masks continue to be worn in indoor public spaces and when riding city transit vehicles.

If approved, the municipal bylaw will continue to be secondary to the provincial face mask bylaw, which is currently in place, however, the proposed extension is aimed at ensuring consistency and alignment with the overall provincial mask bylaw.

At this time, The City of Red Deer continues to focus on education and voluntary compliance with the bylaw. Fines are issued as needed. The city says, however, those responsible for enforcement are seeking to educate and encourage compliance, only issuing public health order violations when education fails.

Under the bylaw, face masks mean a medical or non-medical mask, or other face covering to create a barrier that limits the transmission of respiratory droplets.

The fine for non-compliance is $50. The city says its preference is to educate prior to issuing tickets and fines.

More information about Alberta’s mandatory mask bylaw is available at www.alberta.ca/masks.

More information about the City of Red Deer’s mandatory mask bylaw is available at https://www.reddeer.ca/whats-happening/covid-19/covid-19-information-for-residentsvisitors/mask-and-face-coverings/