Press Release - Face coverings are now required in all indoor, enclosed public spaces and vehicles in the Town of Whitecourt
The Town of Whitecourt has adopted Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 1560. Whitecourt is designated a “watch” zone by Alberta Health Services, and as such the bylaw is now in effect, and will remain active for a period of 30 days following the removal of the Provincial “watch” status. As per the bylaw, face coverings are now mandatory in all indoor, enclosed public spaces, as well as within public vehicles.
The practice of wearing a face covering or mask will complement other prevention and public health measures that the Town of Whitecourt has been promoting to the community, including: physical distancing, cohorting, good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, and increased cleaning of surfaces.
Per the Whitecourt Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings 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.
The following exceptions are identified in bylaw:
- Children that are 5 years old and younger;
- 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;
- 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.
This bylaw does not apply to the following places: schools, post-secondary institutions, daycares and childcare centres governed by the Child Care Licensing Act, hospitals and health care facilities. For more information, please refer to Bylaw 1560.
Information for businesses, including posters that can be printed and displayed at store entrances, and frequently asked questions for all community members are available on www.whitecourt.ca/COVID-19.