Here’s what you need to know about Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw
The City of Calgary’s August 1st coronavirus prevention law is another step in the right direction, but like many temporary solutions to a temporary problem, things can get a little bit muddy. Most of us want to follow the rules, but, what exactly are the rules? How exactly will this work? If you’re confused, even in the slightest, you’re certainly not alone. Here is everything you need to know about Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw!
WHERE TO GET A MASK
Those who are out and about quite often should definitely invest in a good, comfortable, reusable mask. Most are cotton, soft, and are made to look as good as they feel. Most drug stores carry basic black and white cloth face coverings, but for someone who is looking for something a little more technical (filter compatible, good for sport or just look really good) here are 10 local to Calgary businesses who are also selling them.
If you feel as though you really only require the basics, masks are available free at several popular drive-thru restaurants like Tim Hortons, McDonald’s. They can also be purchased in the pharmacy sections of grocery stores or Walmart.
WHERE TO WEAR A MASK
No, you won’t have to drink a beer through a straw through the side of a mask! The bylaw states that face coverings have to be worn in most indoor spaces. This includes malls, grocery stores, and in Calgary transit, taxis and Ubers.
Calgarians are not currently required to wear a mask in places like schools, daycares, or multi-family buildings, as well as most bars or restaurants (while dining.)
HOW TO WEAR A MASK
Calgary’s bylaw states that mask must be worn covering their mouth, as well as their nose and over the jawline. Guys, wearing your mask as a headband or a chinstrap completely defeats the purpose!
WHO DOESN’T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?
According to the city of Calgary, the following people are exempt from the temporary mask bylaw:
- Children under 2 years of age
- Those with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a mask
- People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance
- People working out or doing a highly physical activity
- Caregivers accompanying a person with a disability
- And people in places like the dentist, where temporary removal is necessary
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T WEAR A MASK?
As of this week, individuals who aren’t wearing a face-covering in places like grocery stores, transit, or retail spaces will be charged only $50.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
Honestly, no one is entirely sure, not even the city. The goal of Calgary’s mandatory mask bylaw is to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus while also containing undetected cases. The number of people who have been confirmed as having the coronavirus has fluctuated a ton – and will continue to do so until everyone miraculously recovers, or there is a vaccine. No, this won’t last forever, but we all may want to prepare for a long haul – just in case. You know what they say, hope for the best – plan for the worst, but focus on the positives, like not having to wear makeup on the bottom half of your face, or having someone catch you smiling with spinach in your teeth.
It’s not all bad, folks. We’ve got this!