Indoor Masking Becomes Mandatory Again

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Hope you didn’t toss all your masks! Indoor masking and face-covering have become mandatory again after temporary measures have come into effect September 4 at 8 a.m. These public health actions are required due to rising cases and hospitalizations, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other …

CBE School Re-entry: Mandatory Indoor Masking for All Staff and K-2 Students

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The Calgary Board of Education will mandate masking indoors for all staff and kindergarten to Grade 12 students for the start of the 2021-22 school year. This decision will be reviewed before the end of September In addition, the following health measures will be in place when classes resume in all schools on Sept. 1: Students and staff will still be …

CBE’s Masking Policy Remains

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The Calgary Board of Education has recently announced that modified calendar schools will start for the first day on Tuesday, August 17. Mandatory masking will remain in place for all staff and students. Students riding yellow buses will also need to wear masks. In addition, the following health measures will be in place on August 17: Use the daily checklist to …

Calgary Mask Bylaw Repealed

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Amazing news came on July 5 when Calgary City Council revisited the COVID-19 outlook: The City Council voted to repeal the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 26M2020). As a result, Calgarians will no longer be required to wear face coverings as part of a bylaw or provincial mandate, other than in some specific situations required by the Government …

Medical Exception Letter Required for Those Unable to Wear A Mask

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Effective May 13, 2021, to verify that someone has a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask, they will require a medical exception letter from a health professional. This approach is being used in Saskatchewan, Quebec & Manitoba. This change meant to ensure anyone capable of wearing a mask complies with this important public health measure intended …

I’m vaccinated. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?

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As more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Alberta, one of the questions that people are asking these days is: Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m already vaccinated? The answer is YES. The vaccines do not provide 100% protection for yourself. According to Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, Moderna and Pfizer are 80-90% effective in …

Health Canada Recalls Masks Containing Graphene

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Health Canada is advising Canadians NOT to wear face masks that contain graphene because there is a potential that they could inhale graphene particles, which may pose health risks. What is graphene? Graphene combines the meaning of graphite and the suffix -ene. Graphene is one of the many physical forms of the chemical element carbon. What to do now Check …

City of Calgary Face Coverings Bylaw remains in effect until December 2021

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The Calgary City Council has extended the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw (26M2020) until December 2021 and also increased the penalties/fines for those who don’t comply. The City of Calgary has announced the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw (26M2020) that requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces and public vehicles. This bylaw has now been extended until next year …

Government of Canada recommends use of 3-layer mask

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In order to prevent COVID-19 spread, the Government of Canada is now recommending the use of 3 layer masks. Many disposable masks already have 3 layers, generally with a polypropylene filter. This new recommendation mainly applies to homemade masks! Homemade masks should: be made of at least 3 layers include 2 layers of a tightly woven fabric, such as cotton or linen …