The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management has approved the extension of the suspended enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 until May 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This suspension of enforcement allows local retailers to continue to give away or sell single-use plastic checkout bags to customers until May 2021.
The enforcement of Bylaw 1913-18 was first suspended in March 2020 by the City’s Director of Emergency Management, Robert Osmond, due to the increased infection risk reusable bags posed to the public. It was announced in June 2020 that the Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw would be reinstated November 2020, however, with the recent rise in local active COVID-19 cases, the decision was made to extend the enforcement suspension for several more months.
“COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the province and in Wetaskiwin. Doing what we can to prevent or slow the spread of the virus is paramount,” said Director of Emergency Management Robert Osmond. “The City takes the health and safety of citizens very seriously and extending the suspension of the Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw makes sense given the current state of the pandemic and our local case numbers.”
Affected businesses in the City will be contacted by City staff in the coming weeks to ensure they are aware of this decision and to address any questions they may have about impacts to their business. Residents should contact individual stores to determine if they will allow reusable bags at their location during this time.
Additional information and updates related to the City of Wetaskiwin's pandemic response can be found here on the City’s dedicated COVID-19 portal.