For Immediate Release / December 22, 2020

Face Coverings Bylaw

Updates to the City of St. Albert’s Face Coverings Bylaw - updated: Dec. 22 at 5:43 p.m.

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. 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.

By suspending the St. Albert Face Coverings Bylaw, Council prevents any confusion on face coverings between the provincial Orders 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 in St. Albert under the provincial masking requirements, include:

  • Children two 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:
    • personal consultation services
    • participants in dance, theatrical or musical public performances

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to recommend 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.

For details on the Government of Alberta’s mask requirements, visit Stronger Public Health Measures and COVID-19: Mask Requirements.

For specific details on the active Public Health Orders, visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 orders and legislation.

Information has also been updated at stalbert.ca/facecovers.

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Last edited: December 22, 2020