Masks will be mandatory in Calgary’s indoor public spaces beginning Aug 1

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With COVID cases on the rise again in Alberta, City councillors made a major announcement Tuesday evening, in the hopes fo controlling the spread of the virus. Buckle up, YYC. As of August 1st, it will be mandatory in Calgary to wear a mask in most public places.

This controversial ruling passed in a 12 to 3 vote, with councillors Sean Chu, Jeromy Farkas, and Joe Magliocca in opposition.

Under the temporary bylaw, face coverings must now be worn on all busses and trains, in taxis, Ubers, and at grocery stores, shops and malls, so we hope you have a comfortable mask!

Places like schools, daycares, or multi-family buildings, as well as most bars or restaurants (while dining) was not included in the law, which is kind of a relief. We don’t know about you, but we’ve tried imagining a world where people eat burgers and pasta through the side of a mask… and it wasn’t pretty.

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Other exceptions, according to a press release sent out by the City include:

  • 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
  • Places like the dentist, where temporary removal is necessary

Despite there being two weeks until the law actually goes into effect, Nenshi has asked that Calgarians begin to wear a mask in public ASAP.

We realize this may be an annoyance to some of you, but guys…. we wear face coverings in the winter to keep us warm, and that’s like 6 months of the year. We think we can handle doing so for an additional month or two to save a few lives.

“This is not about enforcement, it is about educating people first. We’re trying to get the public to comply during what could be a worsening situation that may be coming if we can’t respond within the next six to eight weeks,” said Chief Tom Sampson, Calgary Emergency Management Agency.

By making wearing a mask mandatory in Calgary, businesses may continue operating, employees are healthy enough to work, and you can shop assured that no one coughed or sneezed all over the produce aisle.

Sounds like a good deal to us!