Spruce Grove’s Director of Emergency Management Chief Robert Kosterman implemented the City’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, effective 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, in response to Spruce Grove being placed under a “watch” status by the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
This means it is now mandatory for members of the public to wear a face covering or mask at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public place or in a public vehicle. Exemptions under the bylaw include children under the age of 10 and those who are not able to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation. A full list of exemptions is available online.
In addition to other factors, a watch may be implemented by the Province when there are at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.
Enforcement will focus on education and awareness, but the bylaw does provide Peace Officers with the authority to issue a violation ticket of not less than $100 to anyone who contravenes the bylaw.
The bylaw will remain active for a period of 30 days following the removal of the Provincial watch status.
Residents are also asked to remember that some people may be unable to wear a mask for various reasons and to refrain from making assumptions in these situations.
Spruce Grove is a caring community and we want to thank everyone for doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.