Face coverings and masks

Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw

Implemented: 9 a.m. on October 23, 2020

Spruce Grove’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw is currently in effect. This means it is mandatory for members of the public who are not exempt 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.

The bylaw was implemented at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, after the City was notified that Spruce Grove had been placed under a “watch” status as determined by the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. 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 per 100,000 population. 

Information for businesses

Review information for businesses, including a downloadable poster.

City facilities and Spruce Grove Transit

Members of the public are required to wear a face covering or mask in publicly accessible indoor spaces in all City facilities. This is in effect regardless of whether the City’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw is active or inactive. At this time, this includes:

Face coverings or masks are also required when using Spruce Grove Transit.

Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw FAQs

Why did the City decide to implement a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw?
This bylaw provides the City with a tool in our toolkit in the event we reach Provincial watch status. With businesses reopening, more social interactions, and the number of cases across the Edmonton region increasing, additional measures may be necessary to mitigate substantive increases of positive cases in the local community. Residents can sign up to receive notifications if the status in their region changes.

What is a face covering?
In the City’s 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.

Are there any exceptions?
The following exceptions – both people and places – are identified in the City’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw:

  • Children under the age of 10;
  • 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;
  • Schools and other educational facilities;
  • Hospitals and health-care facilities;
  • Child care facilities; and
  • 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. 

Remember that some people may be unable to wear a mask for various reasons, which may not be obvious or visible to the general public. Please refrain from making assumptions in these situations and don't judge others for not wearing a mask.

How long will the bylaw be in effect?
The bylaw will remain active for a period of 30 days following the removal of the Provincial watch status.

How are you enforcing the bylaw?
Peace Officers may issue a violation ticket of not less than $100 to anyone who has contravened the bylaw; however, the emphasis will be on education and awareness and enforcement responses prioritized appropriately.

Face covering information

Wearing a homemade or non-medical face covering or mask has been shown to be an important and effective tool in the prevention of COVID-19 and is encouraged by the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. It is strongly recommended to wear face coverings or masks in indoor public spaces, especially when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of two metres at all times.

Wearing a face covering or mask is about protecting those around you, as it can shield them from being exposed to your germs. It also helps to support our local businesses by keeping them and their employees safe.

Keep in mind that wearing a face covering or mask should complement – not replace – other prevention and public health measures, including physical distancing, cohorting, good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, and increased cleaning of surfaces.

The Government of Alberta provides guidelines on how to properly use a mask, how to care for your cloth masks, and how to make or purchase your own mask.

You can also refer to this list of Do’s and Dont's from the Government of Canada.

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