The City of Calgary has announced on September 15 that the mandatory mask rules for all indoor public spaces will remain in effect for at least the majority of the fall unless there is significant progress in the ongoing global effort to curb COVID-19.
On Monday evening, the City Council voted 11-3 in favour of extending the temporary face coverings bylaw, following the recommendation from city administration and results from a compliance report since the rules came into effect Aug. 1.
The following circumstances are situations where the bylaw could be repealed:
- If the number of infections, hospitalization and transmission rates hit a sufficiently low level where medical experts agree face masks are no longer recommended.
- A safe and effective vaccine has seen sufficient local levels of uptake, or a safe and effective treatment has been identified.
- Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization retract their messaging on the use of face coverings, cases on evidence, in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Since August 1, only two tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required have been issued!
For more information, please visit https://newsroom.calgary.ca/temporary-face-coverings-bylaw-update-and-repeal-criteria-presented-to-city-council/