The Town of Fox Creek is the latest municipality in Alberta to make masks or other face coverings mandatory.
Fox Creek has implemented a Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw (Bylaw 854-20) that requires all persons to wear a face-covering in all indoor public spaces.
This includes but is not limited to businesses, churches or places of worship, community centres, community services agencies, and common areas such as hotels, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, or other common use facilities.
The bylaw does exempt children under the age of 5 and people with mental or physical concerns or limitations, as well as when people are eating or drinking or participating in water activities or physical exercise.
Businesses are now required to display signage detailing the requirement of masks in their establishments in a location immediately visible to persons entering the building.
The Town says failing to comply with the bylaw can result in penalties up to $100 per infraction for an individual, $200 per infraction for a business, and may require additional court appearances.
In a statement, Fox Creek Town Council said the following:
“Enacting this bylaw was not an easy decision to make and it required a lot of deliberation on when or how it should be implemented. It was ultimately agreed upon by Council that the Town of Fox Creek needs to lead by example and be proactive, instead of reactive, in our efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our community. We believe that wearing a mask, though not ideal, is a small price to pay to limit exposure and help protect our fellow residents, especially those at higher risk of severe illness, from the virus. Everyone should remember that this bylaw is temporary and that by following the Province and Alberta Health Services’ guidelines we will reduce the spread of the virus and cases in our community. By working together, we will not only stand a better chance against COVID-19 but will also be able to rescind this bylaw sooner.”
Fox Creek has two active cases of COVID-19 and the Municipal District of Greenview is on the province’s Watch Status with 16 active cases in total.
The Town of Fox Creek says the bylaw will remain in effect until Fox Creek is off the Watch Status for 14 consecutive days or upon Council resolution. Council thanks the community for their understanding and compliance with the bylaw while it is in effect.