The city of Edmonton is reinstating mandatory masks in all indoor public spaces starting at 12:01 a.m., Friday, September 3 to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Public and staff will have to wear face-covering at any property, whether publicly or privately owned that members of the public can access including retail stores, entertainment venues, recreation centres, restaurants, and transit stations.
Masks are also required in public vehicles like buses, LRT vehicles, taxis and other vehicles for hire.
Face coverings can be removed when eating or drinking in a designated seating area or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony, or when engaged in water activities or physical exercise.
Exceptions to who must wear a face covering in public places include:
- those who cannot put one on or remove it without assistance,
- children under two years of age,
- people who are unable to wear a face covering because of mental or physical concerns or protected reasons under the Alberta Human Rights Act,
- people providing care or assistance to a person with a disability when wearing a face covering would affect that service.
The masks bylaw will be in effect until December 31st or until COVID-19 cases in Edmonton declines below 100 per 100,000 people for 10 consecutive days.
Currently, there are 3,571 active COVID-1 cases in the Edmonton zone.