Face coverings vital to Edmonton’s COVID recovery

Face coverings vital to Edmonton’s COVID recovery

Face coverings have been required in all indoor public spaces and in public vehicles within Edmonton since August 1. Since then, a vast majority of Edmontonians have respected the requirement, helping protect themselves and their neighbours from COVID-19. 
Face coverings are an important tool in the fight against COVID-19, according to Dr. Chris Sikora, Edmonton Zone’s Medical Officer of Health. 
A small number of people continue to ignore the health and safety of others in the midst of this global pandemic. Tickets have been issued to two individuals not wearing masks while on the LRT system. The fine for each violation, under the City’s Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, is $100.
In both cases, City staff took an education-first stance and repeatedly tried to help the individuals understand the bylaw before issuing a ticket. The individuals were offered a free mask during many of these interactions.
The number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city. Most Edmontonians are doing their part to help reduce the spread of the virus, and a re-doubling of this effort is needed as fall arrives and indoor activities increase. 
We would also like to thank all Edmontonians for putting used disposable masks and gloves where they belong—in a garbage can. The City is continuing to distribute additional litter kits to community leagues and businesses.For more information:edmonton.ca/COVID-19alberta.ca/COVID19

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