The Government of Alberta issued an Order on December 8, 2020 that masks are mandatory in all indoor public places in the province. This includes transit and vehicles for hire. On December 21, 2020, Council passed an amendment to suspend the City of St. Albert Face Coverings Bylaw, so only the provincial masking requirements are in effect to limit confusion in St. Albert.
Please remember to be kind and respectful. Provincial exceptions to wearing a face covering exist and not all members of the community can safely wear a face covering. Let’s stay safe and healthy together.
Provincial masking requirements
By suspending the St. Albert Face Coverings Bylaw, Council prevents any confusion on face coverings between the provincial Orders on masking and St. Albert’s Bylaw. When provincial masking requirements end, the City’s Face Coverings Bylaw will automatically be reinstated.
The City’s Face Coverings Bylaw will come back to Council within 14 days of the provincial masking requirements ending. Council will decide whether to maintain in force, amend or repeal the bylaw.
Changes to face coverings under provincial requirements, includes:
- Children 2 and older must wear a face covering in all indoor public places, unless an exemption applies.
- Exceptions listed in the St. Albert Face Coverings Bylaw specific to the following are no longer permitted under the provincial masking requirements:
- personal consultation services
- participants in dance, theatrical or musical public performances
- COVID-19 Masks: Government of Alberta
- Public Health Orders: Government of Alberta
- Stronger Public Health Measures: Government of Alberta
- Download poster: Masks are now mandatory (black and white, and colour)
- Exceptions for face coverings: Government of Alberta
- Information Toolkit for Business - City of St. Albert
(updated December 22, 2020)
- Face Coverings Bylaw: City of St. Albert (currently superseded by provincial requirements)
- COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group Rapid Response Report - Information on Public Mask Use: Alberta Health Services
- Learn how to make a cloth mask: Government of Canada
- Wearing Masks in Public and COVID-19 - What We Know So Far: Public Health Ontario
Choosing a face covering
A face covering, which includes masks, fully covers the mouth, nose and chin. A face covering can include a medical or non-medical mask, which includes cloth made masks.
For more information on the types of Personal Protective Equipment available, when they should be used and how they should fit, visit the Government of Alberta’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Non-medical Masks for Non-Health Care Settings.
For the Government of Alberta's guidance document on face coverings, visit Guidance for non-medical face masks for the general public.
Choosing the right face covering for wearing in public
Source: Government of Alberta
When to wear a face covering
As per provincewide masking requirements, masks or face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship and indoor workplaces unless you qualify for an exemption.
For more information, visit provincial mask requirements and exemptions.
How to wear a face covering
Source: Government of Alberta
Last edited: December 22, 2020