For the safety and protection of our community, the City of Wetaskiwin has passed a bylaw that requires the wearing of face coverings or masks in indoor public areas once the threshold of 15 active COVID-19 cases is reached.

The Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw (Bylaw 1973-20) was passed September 28, 2020. Please review this section to determine when and why this bylaw is in effect.

Bylaw active as of November 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm. View Bylaw

A few things to remember about the City's mask bylaw

When in effect, the bylaw stipulates that a face covering must be worn at all times in a public premises or a public vehicle, with some caveats.

There are certain exceptions to the mandatory use of face coverings, from age restrictions and disabilities to social scenarios.

Even when cases decrease, the bylaw must still remain in place for 30 days to ensure numbers consistently remain below the threshold.

Mandatory Masking Now in Effect for the City of Wetaskiwin

As of Tuesday, November 3, 2020 there are 22 active cases of COVID-19 in Wetaskiwin. This means everyone must now wear a face covering at all times in a public premises or a public vehicle, unless the person is separated from other persons by an installed screen, shield, or other barrier.

The face coverings bylaw does state several exemptions to the mandatory use of face coverings, including:

  • children under the age of 2
  • persons who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering safely without assistance
  • persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering
  • persons who are seated at a table or bar at a public premises that offers food or beverage services
  • persons engaging in an athletic or fitness activity
  • persons who are caregiving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability
  • persons who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service
Enhanced Status

15+ active cases
ENHANCED STATUS

When 15 or more active local COVID-19 cases are reported, the City’s Mandatory Mask Bylaw is in effect. A face covering must be worn at all times in public premises or a public vehicle, unless you're separated from others by an installed screen, shield, or other barrier.

VIEW BYLAW 1973-20
Transition

14 cases and declining
TRANSITION ZONE

It's always great news when active cases begin to decline, but the numbers need to remain below 15 for at least 30 days before the mandatory mask bylaw can be rescinded.
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Watch Status

10-14 active cases
WATCH STATUS

At least 10 active cases (or a ratio of more than 50 active cases per 100,000 population) gives the City at Watch designation. This means that the Province begins monitoring the region and discusses the possible need for additional health measures with City administrators.

VIEW BYLAW 1973-20
Open

Below 10 active cases
OPEN STATUS

An Open designation from the Province means fewer than 50 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. This puts the City at a low level of risk with no additional restrictions in place...but it's still a good idea to adhere to the simple public safety measures we all know so well.

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