Fort Saskatchewan Temporary Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw remains in effect despite drop in active cases

Alberta Health Services confirmed today that Fort Saskatchewan has less than 10 active cases of COVID-19. Although Council set a threshold of above 10 cases to trigger the Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw C29-20 , residents should be aware that there are no provisions in the Bylaw to have it expire based on active case counts. The Bylaw states that all persons age 10 and older must wear an approved face covering when visiting an indoor public facility including public transportation. Some exemptions do apply.

“I know there have been a lot of people asking about this since we set a threshold of more than 10 active cases to enact the Bylaw which went into effect on October 13. The Bylaw can only be removed by a motion of Council to rescind it,” explained Mayor Gale Katchur. “Having the Bylaw in place then rescinding each time the case count changes would make it very difficult for businesses and residents to follow. We do greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.”

Wearing masks and proper face coverings are a critical part of the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe. Bylaw C29-20 requiring mandatory face coverings for people inside all public buildings, transit buses and enclosed bus shelters, and other forms of public transportation for hire is in still in effect.

The City’s website has details on suitable face coverings and FAQs on where and how the Bylaw impacts City services. The website is updated regularly with COVID-19 related information including links to Provincial and Federal support programs. For our local business community, we have created a COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page and will continually update it as more information is available.