Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces in Edmonton starting Saturday in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know about the new rule.
What is the law?
Edmonton city councillors passed a bylaw Wednesday, by a vote of 10-3, to mandate masks inside publicly-accessible spaces until the end of the year. This includes city property, the transit system and city-operated buildings, as well as private buildings accessed by the public and vehicle-for-hire services. Anyone entering stores, entertainment venues, restaurants, malls and recreation centres will need to wear a mask.
In order to meet the needs of all residents, a traditional mask isn’t the only option. The city’s rule requires the wearing of a face covering that fully covers the nose, mouth and chin. This could include bandanas, scarves, cloth, and non-medical masks, but not face shields.