Following in the footsteps of neighbouring communities, the Town of Edson has now made masks mandatory.
The Town of Edson has enacted Bylaw 2250, the Mandatory Facial Covering Bylaw, effective today, November 18. The bylaw requires the use of facial coverings for all individuals over the age of 2 in all indoor, or substantially enclosed Public Places or in any Public Transportation Vehicle.
The bylaw does have a list of exemption, including:
• persons under 2 years of age;
• persons who are unable to place, use, or remove Face Coverings without assistance;
• persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a Face Covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance;
• persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony;
• persons engaging in aquatic activities or physical exercise; or
• persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a Face Covering.
The Town says the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC), with the support of Council, have enacted the bylaw due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers in the region.
While the intention of the bylaw is not punitive, those who refuse to follow the bylaw could be subject to a $100 fine for a first offence, and $200 for subsequent offences.
The bylaw will remain in effect for a minimum of 2 weeks and will be reviewed by the ECC based on the criteria of the bylaw, current risk levels in the region, and direction of the Provincial Government at the time.
As of November 17, Edson had 5 active cases, 4 recovered cases, and 1 death.