For Immediate Release / October 20, 2020

City Council Amends Face Covering Bylaw

Change to bylaw provides clarity to residents 

At the October 19, 2020 St. Albert City Council Meeting, Council amended the Face Coverings Bylaw to provide further clarity for residents.

The changes include a revision to the Face Coverings definition, which states that a Face Shield is included as a face covering under the Bylaw.

  • New definition: Face Covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering that fully covers the nose, mouth and chin, and includes a Face Shield.
  • An additional definition of a Face Shield was also included in the bylaw: “Face Shield” means 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.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends the use of face coverings in public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face covering is one of the many important elements in keeping each other safe. At least 12 other municipalities across the province have enacted various types of face covering bylaws, some involve triggers before they are required.

The City of St. Albert continues to focus on increasing the community’s awareness of the Face Coverings Bylaw.

Administration will further present a report and recommendations on the Face Coverings Bylaw in December at the last regular Council meeting. At this time, Council may determine a future course of action before the Face Coverings Bylaw is automatically repealed on December 31, 2020.

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