Spruce Grove City Council has approved a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, subject to Provincial watch status.
This bylaw, which was approved during an Aug. 17 Council meeting, may be implemented if or when the City reaches the active number of COVID-19 cases that would place it under a “watch” status as determined by the Province of Alberta. Based on the current formula, a watch would mean 18 active cases, along with other factors.
“As a community, we are doing a great job of keeping our cases low by following the guidelines and public health orders that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Stuart Houston. “This bylaw provides us with a tool in our toolkit in the event we reach Provincial watch status, but it is more about education and awareness and ensuring we are diligent in preventing the spread. I’d like to encourage everyone to continue following these prevention measures, including wearing a mask in public places where keeping a distance of two metres is difficult. Let’s work together and continue our efforts to keep our community healthy!”
The bylaw does identify exceptions, which are:
Remember that some people may be unable to wear a mask for various reasons, which may not be obvious or visible to the general public. Please refrain from making assumptions in these situations and don't judge others for not wearing a mask.
Enforcement of the bylaw is designated to the City and the emphasis will be on education and awareness.