Face Covers

Let’s stay safe and healthy together. The City of St. Albert passed a Face Covering Bylaw in August 2020. As well, the Government of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has encouraged Albertans to wear non-medical masks and face coverings in public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Please remember to be kind and respectful. Exceptions to the Face Covering Bylaw exist and not all members of the community can safely wear a face covering.

Face Covering Bylaw

Frequently Asked Questions for Public | Face Covering Bylaw 
(updated October 20, 2020) 

Information Toolkit for Business 
(updated October 20, 2020)

What is 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.
  • NEW: October 19, 2020 Bylaw amendment: As per the City's Face Coverings Bylaw, a face covering now includes a face shield. This definition was added to the Face Coverings Bylaw to provide additional clarity for residents. 
    • A face shield is a device made wholly or primarily from rigid plastic or other inflexible material that creates a barrier over the face of the person wearing the device but does not make close contact with the wearer's skin upon or around the nose and mouth. 
  • 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.
  • Government of Alberta's Guidance for non-medical face masks for the general public
  • Choosing the right face covering for wearing in public

Source: Government of Alberta

Can I wear a face shield?

Yes. On October 19, 2020, St. Albert City Council amended the Face Coverings Bylaw so that face shields were included as part of the face covering definition. This amendment was made to provide additional clarity to residents. 

When to wear a face covering

For the safety and protection of our community, on August 4, 2020, St. Albert City Council passed the Face Coverings Bylaw, which requires face coverings to be worn in all indoor public places within St. Albert including City facilities, retail locations, on St. Albert transit as well as vehicles for hire.

Indoor public places includes any property accessible by the public (publicly or privately owned). This includes locations such as:

  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Entertainment venues
  • Recreation centres
  • Transit shelters (semi-enclosed and enclosed)
  • Vehicles for hire

This does not include a school or other educational institution, a hospital or other health care facility, or a child care facility.   

City-owned and leased facilities

Indoor spaces that are open to the public, in a building owned or leased by the City in which services or amenities to the public are provided by the City, regardless of whether the indoor space is occupied by the City or by another party.  
This also includes buildings where the City is the lessee and will expect the public to use face coverings within leased space.

  • Beaudry Place – Community Services department  
  • Change Shelters (Kingswood, Lacombe Lake)  
  • Clubhouses (Akinsdale, Grandin, Lacombe, Willoughby)  
  • Fire Halls No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3  
  • Fountain Park Recreation Centre  
  • Jack Kraft Facility 
  • Jarome Iginla/Kinex Arenas  
  • Larry Olexiuk user-washroom  
  • Liggett Place and washroom (Transit)  
  • Lions Park washroom  
  • Maloney Place  
  • Nakî Transit Centre & Park and Ride
  • Servus Place  
  • St. Albert Place  
  • Synergy – Recreation and Parks department  
  • Guilds  
  • Lessees in Servus Place (Active Physio Works, Booster Juice, Skybox)  
  • Museum (Arts and Heritage Foundation)  
  • St. Albert Public Library  
  • WARES  
  • Cultural Performing Arts (Carleton)  
  • Charter Place  
  • Information and Technology Services department (Perron Block)  
  • Human Resources offices (Professional Building)  
  • St. Albert Business Centre  
  • The Collective

City-owned but operated by third party

  • Art Gallery   
  • Beaudry Place – Food Bank and police services  
  • BLESS log cabin  
  • Fountain Park Daycare Centre  
  • Hemingway Building  
  • Heritage Sites 
    • Grain Elevators 
    • Little White School house
  • Juneau House  
  • Lease Groups 
    • BMX Club
    • Botanic Park
    • Curling Club
    • Fowler Athletic Club House
    • Kinsmen Banquet Hall
    • Legion Ball Park
    • Meadowview Clubhouse
    • Nordic Ski Club
    • Rugby Club
    • RV Park
    • St. Albert Soccer
  • Mission Clubhouse (Tennis Club)  
  • NABI (Northern Alberta Business Incubator) 
    • Mission Building
  • Red Willow Place  
  • St. Albert Visitor Welcome Centre  
  • Synergy Centre – CNRL (Canadian Natural Resources)  

Exceptions: Who does not have to wear a face covering

Face coverings must be worn by everyone, unless you fall under one of the following exceptions.

  • Children under 10 years of age
  • People who cannot put on, use or remove a face covering without assistance
  • People who are unable to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical condition, disability or limitations or because of one of the grounds on which discrimination is prohibited under the Alberta Human Rights Act
  • People who are eating or drinking while seated in a designated food and drink seating area or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony
  • Those engaged in swimming or other water activities, or engaged in physical exercise or other physical activities, within designated areas
  • People providing or receiving care or assistance for a mental or physical condition, disability or limitation and a face covering would hinder providing or receiving that caregiving or assistance
  • People providing or receiving a service that requires personal consultation if that activity occurs in a closed office or meeting room and all participants in the personal consultation at all times maintain physical separation of at least 2 metres from each other
  • A participant in a dance, theatrical or musical public performance, if all participants in the performance maintain at least 2 metres physical distance from each other and do not enter the area where the public is viewing the performance
  • A transit operator, if barriers are in place to create physical distancing between the transit operator and passengers in the transit vehicle

Please note: Proof is not required if someone has an exception.

Why wear a face covering

The City is doing everything possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Wearing a face covering is one of the many important elements in keeping each other safe. Other ways include:

  • Staying home if you are experiencing symptoms
  • Maintaining two metres from others not in your household or cohort
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbow or a tissue

How to wear a face covering

Source: Government of Alberta

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Free face coverings

The City of St. Albert will have face coverings (non-medical masks) for patrons starting August 1, until supplies run out, available at the following locations:

  • St. Albert Place
  • Fountain Park Recreation Centre
  • Servus Place
  • Liggett Place
  • Jack Kraft
  • Beaudry Place 
  • Jarome Iginla/Kinex arenas 
  • St. Albert Transit

Note: The Government of Alberta’s Masks for Albertans program ended on August 2, 2020.

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Last edited: November 12, 2020