What to know about the new mask bylaw that starts tomorrow

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Earlier this week, Edmonton City Council passed a new mask bylaw for the city, and it officially goes into effect on Saturday, August 1st. If you’re unsure of what to expect, then we’re happy to give you the full rundown! Let’s check it out.

Basically, people will now be required to wear masks in practically all indoor public spaces. In this case, public means anything that the public can access. So malls, stores, hair salons, public transit… If you’re in there with other people, chances are a mask will be required.

But, there are some exceptions to the bylaw. Schools, health care, and child care facilities will not be subject to the bylaw. Plus, you won’t be required to wear a mask while you’re exercising at a gym or dining at a restaurant, provided that you’re at your table.

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And, some people are exempt from the bylaw. It basically all revolves around legitimate medical or professional issues with wearing a mask, so we have a feeling those folks already know what’s up. Of course, check in with the city if you feel like you belong to that group.

Because breaking the new bylaw will come with the possibility of a $100 fine. And while we don’t think the police will be handing tickets out like candy, you definitely don’t want to be one of the unlucky few that actually gets dinged.

So stock up and wear masks, folks! If you’d like to read the new bylaw in full, just click here.

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