Face Coverings Bylaw

Our community looks out for one another and supports each other. For the safety and protection of our community, Strathcona County will require people wear masks in public spaces and vehicles for hire if Alberta Health Services reports 25 active COVID-19 cases in the municipality. 

Once there are 25 active COVID-19 cases in Strathcona County, the face covering requirement will stay in effect until the bylaw is repealed on November 17, 2020, or if Council repeals the bylaw earlier by motion.

Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw-46-2020 (30.8 KB) is in addition to the current County requirement, effective August 4, for people to wear face coverings when entering all County-owned buildings and transit.

Bylaw requirements

Strathcona County’s primary focus is on educating our community on the importance of wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, rather than enforcement.  Failure to wear a face covering where required can result in a penalty of $100. 

The bylaw mandates that face coverings be worn in the following places: 

Places Examples
Public transit Buses
Public vehicles for hire Taxis, ridesharing businesses, vehicles for hire
Public indoor spaces Malls, grocery stores, retail businesses, place of worship
Strathcona County facilities Recreation centres, County buildings

Educating our community and supports for business

We are all in this together. We encourage our community leaders to work together to educate and encourage each other to wear face coverings, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to prevent a spike in infection rates.  

Poster series

A downloadable poster series for community and business is available:

Two additional posters will be made available once there are more than 25 active COVID-19 cases in Strathcona County

  • Poster (available if there are 25 active cases): mandating face covering use
  • Poster (available if there are 25 active cases): mandating face covering use exemptions

You are welcome to display messaging in public entryways of the business or vehicle. 

Bylaw exceptions

Exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 10 years old
  • People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering without assistance 
  • People with mental or physical concerns or limitations inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering 
  • People who are eating or drinking in designated seating areas; or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony (e.g.communion)  
  • People who are exercising or engaging in athletic activities 
  • Caregivers or those accompanying someone with a disability, wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (for example, the ability to lip read)  
  • People who need to temporarily remove their face covering to provide or receive a service  

The bylaw does not apply to the following places:

  • Schools and other educational facilities 
  • Hospitals and health-care facilities 
  • Child-care facilities 
  • Areas not accessed by the public 

Please note: proof is not required if someone has an exception. Businesses are also not expected to deny services as not everyone is able to wear a face covering. 

Enforcement

Strathcona County’s main focus is on educating the community about the importance of wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, rather than enforcement. Failure to wear a face covering where required can result in a penalty of $100.

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Last updated: Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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