Calgary’s upcoming mask bylaw will now include lower fines

Via Anna Shvets / Pexles

Alright, friends. As many of you know, were days ahead of Calgary’s temporary mandatory mask bylaw going into effect. August 1st is coming in hot, but the city has made a teensy weensy change.

Masks definitely still need to be worn but city council has actually voted to knock the penalty for those who are caught without one down by half.

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Now, instead of a $100 charge, individuals who aren’t wearing a face-covering in places like grocery stores, transit, or retail spaces will be charged only $50.

It’s minor, but these things matter! In the same meeting, the council also called for Mayor Naheed Nenshi to write a letter to the provincial government. In this letter, Nenshi has said he will ask that the Premier and his advisors to come up with a school mask policy before classes resume again in the fall.

Just in case – Calgary has also announced that they’re looking into whether or not schools can be regulated by the city. Unfortunately, we won’t have our answers until the end of August, but for the safety of Calgary’s students and teachers, it’s nice that they’re thinking ahead. Ya’ never know what cases will look like come September, right?

There you have it, folks. Please remember that you shouldn’t just forget about wearing a face-covering just because the fine for Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw has been lowered. Regardless of what you’ll be charged, it’s super important that you protect yourselves and others from the spread of COVID-19.

The sooner this is enforced and proves effective, the sooner we can wear lipgloss and not breathe hot air up our face anymore! That sounds like a win, win to us! Be safe, YYC!