Face Covers

On June 8, 2021, St. Albert City Council passed an amendment that will automatically repeal the City of St. Albert Face Coverings Bylaw when Stage 3 of Alberta's Open for Summer Plan begins, and the Province removes its mandatory masking measures. 

Repealing the bylaw at the same time as the Province lifts its masking requirements eliminates any confusion for residents, businesses and visitors, as to what rules are in effect. 

The Province announced on May 28 as part of their Alberta's Open for Summer Plan that all restrictions would be lifted as part of Stage 3 (date to be determined). 

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. 

Prior to this amendment on June 8, the Face Coverings Bylaw was to come back to Council within 14 days of the provincial masking requirements ending, with Council deciding whether to maintain in force, amend or repeal the bylaw.

Provincial masking requirements

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.

On May 13, 2021, the Provincial Government announced that rules are changing for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. 

  • Individuals are now required to obtain a medical exception letter verifying their health condition from an authorized health-care provider. 
  • The medical exception letter must come from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist. It may be presented when in a public setting, if requested by enforcement officials or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued. 
  • More information: Government of Alberta Mask Requirements 


More information

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

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Last edited: June 9, 2021