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Yellowhead County drafts face coverings bylaw

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November 19, 2020 at 11:20 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

Yellowhead County has drafted a mandatory mask bylaw and gave the first two readings this week.

The proposed Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 20.20 states that a person must wear a face covering at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public place in Yellowhead County.

Exemptions include:

• Persons under the age of 10;
• Persons who are unable to place, use, or remove a Face Covering without assistance;
• Persons unable to wear a Face Covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation, or protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, RSA 2000, c.A-25.5;
• Persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony;
• Persons engaged in water activities or physical exercise;
• Persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a Face Covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance; and
• Persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a Face Covering.

The bylaw does not apply to the following places:

• Schools and other educational facilities;
• Hospitals and health-care facilities;
• Childcare facilities and;
• Areas exclusively accessed or used by the Public Place’s employees, provided that physical barriers or physical distancing practices are implemented between any person not required to wear a Face Covering by operation of this exception and any other person.

Failing to wear face coverings where required will result in a $100 fine, and failing to display prescribed signage will also result in a $100 fine.

County Council passed 1st and 2nd reading on November 17th and the bylaw will be brought back to Council at the November 24th meeting for the 3rd and final vote.

More information can be found on www.yhcounty.ca.

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