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Temporary Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw 22-2020 Enacted

Post Date:12/01/2020 11:48 AM

Council of the Town of Taber has enacted a Bylaw 22-2020, the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, and is effective November 30th, 2020. This bylaw has been enacted due to rising COVID-19 cases in our region.

This bylaw requires the use of facial coverings for all individuals over the age of 10 in all indoor, enclosed, substantially enclosed public place, or in a public vehicle.

The bylaw is available here: www.taber.ca/bylaws

There are a number of exemptions, and we encourage citizens to see the full list in the bylaw: www.taber.ca/bylaws

FAQs: www.taber.ca/covid19

For businesses/public spaces, we also have a poster graphic you are able to use: www.taber.ca/covid19

This bylaw does contain enforcement for violations with a $100 fine. The Town’s intention is not to be punitive, but those who refuse to comply with the mandatory measures can be subject to a fine.

The Town acknowledges that this is a polarizing issue for many, but this measure has been taken due to the rising COVID-19 cases in our region and to help protect our citizens and those who are vulnerable to the virus. Face coverings are effective when used in combination with other health measures such as regular hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing, and limiting social gatherings (currently banned by Public Health Orders). Your cooperation and continued efforts with the mandatory health measures can help reduce the spread of the virus in our region and keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Town would like to remind citizens that regardless of your views on masking, being kind is encouraged at all times. Please be courteous and non-judgmental to business owners, workers, and anyone you encounter in public, regardless of your viewpoint. As Dr. Hinshaw says: “we are all in this together” and we will get through this pandemic together as a community.

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