Face coverings and masks: info for businesses
Provincial restrictions supersede municipal bylaw
While Spruce Grove's municipal bylaw remains in effect, it is superseded by the mandatory provincial measures introduced on Nov. 24. This means that the rules from the Province must be adhered to first and foremost. For example, the Province states that masks must be worn by anyone older than two years of age, while our bylaw states 10 or older. Since the provincial restrictions take precedent, anyone over the age of two must wear a mask in Spruce Grove.
The Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw was implemented effective 9 a.m. on October 23, 2020.
As a business owner or operator in Spruce Grove, you have an important role to play as part of the City of Spruce Grove’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw (Bylaw C-1128-20).
The bylaw was implemented at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, after the City was notified that Spruce Grove had been placed under a “watch” status as determined by the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. In addition to other factors, a watch may be implemented by the Province when there are at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000 population.
The bylaw requires members of the public who are not exempt to wear a face covering or mask at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public place or in a public vehicle.
What do I need to do now that the bylaw is implemented?
Now that the bylaw is implemented, it will be mandatory for members of the public who are not exempt to wear a face covering or mask in all indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public places in your business. This applies to publicly accessible storefronts and vehicles that transport members of the public for a fee.
You are encouraged to print and display this poster in your business to inform your customers about the bylaw. It has been created in standard 8.5” x 11” and 11" x 17" poster format so it can be easily printed and displayed at the entrance(s) to your business.
What is considered a face covering?
In the bylaw, a “face covering” means a mask or other face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin ensuring a barrier that limits the transmission of infectious respiratory droplets.
Does this bylaw apply to every area of my business?
The City's bylaw applies to areas that are accessible to the public. However, the Province of Alberta has implemented additional new voluntary public health measures, including wearing non-medical face coverings or masks in all indoor work settings, except when alone in work spaces such as offices or cubicles where you can be safely distanced from others or an appropriate barrier is in place.
What are the exemptions?
The following exceptions – both people and places – are identified in bylaw:
- Children under the age of 10;
- People unable to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation, or protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act;
- People consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of religious or spiritual ceremony;
- People engaged in water activities or physical exercise;
- People providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a face covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance;
- People engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a face covering;
- Schools and other educational facilities;
- Hospitals and health-care facilities;
- Child care facilities; and
- Areas exclusively accessed or used by the Public Place’s employees or a Public Vehicle operator, 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.
How long will the bylaw be in effect?
The bylaw will remain active for a period of 30 days following the removal of the Provincial watch status.
What should I do if someone won’t comply with the bylaw?
Where can I go for more information?
Please visit www.sprucegrove.org/masks.