Mandatory Face Coverings
The Government of Alberta made face coverings mandatory for all public spaces, which supersede any local (municipal) bylaw. Although the provincial mandate takes precedence over Leduc’s local bylaw, at this time Leduc’s Face Coverings Bylaw has been suspended indefinitely at Leduc City Council’s direction, per a motion during their March 8, 2021 meeting.
What does the bylaw state?
Leduc’s Face Coverings Bylaw states that face coverings (a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin) must be worn inside all publicly accessible buildings and vehicles within the City of Leduc. This includes, but is not limited to:
- City facilities (Civic Centre, Operations Building, Protective Services Building, Leduc Recreation Centre, Alexandra Arena, Fire House 2, Eco Station)
- Public indoor spaces (e.g. grocery stores, retail businesses, places of worship, shopping centres/malls, etc.)
- Public vehicles for hire (e.g. taxis, ridesharing vehicles)
Are there any exceptions?
Exceptions to the bylaw include:
- Children under 5 years of age
- Those who are unable to wear a face covering due to an underlying medical issue, or who are protected under the Alberta Human Rights Act RSA 2000 c.A-25.5
- Those who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance
- Those who are eating or drinking at a public premises that offers food or beverage services
- Those who are actively participating in an athletic or fitness activity
- Those who are providing care or assistance to a person with a disability, where wearing a face covering would hinder the provision of care or assistance
- Those who need to temporarily remove their face covering in order to provide or receive a service (including religious or ceremonial spiritual services, and health care-related services)
- Employees of a local business or operation, while in an ‘Employees Only’ or area otherwise restricted from public access, provided that physical barriers or physical distancing measures are in place between employees and members of the public in those spaces.
What is a face covering?
According to the bylaw, a face covering is a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin and acts as a barrier to prevent infectious droplets from transmitting from one person to another.
What is the proper way to wear a face covering?
For more information, please visit www.alberta.ca/masks.
How will the bylaw be enforced?
The City of Leduc will take an education-first approach to the bylaw in order to give everyone in the community time to adjust to the new health protocols. Failure to wear a face covering may result in a $100 fine.