At their regular June 28, 2021 Council meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council repealed the City of Wetaskiwin’s Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw 1973-20.
The Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw 1973-20 was passed September 28, 2020 to help ensure the safety of the community as COVID-19 cases continued to rise. This bylaw required the wearing of face coverings or masks in indoor public areas once the threshold of 15 active cases was reached.
Previously the bylaw would remain in effect until 30 days after the reported number of local COVID-19 cases falls below the threshold.
The repeal of the bylaw means that masks will no longer be required in local indoor public spaces as of July 1, 2021.
“Wetaskiwin will now align with the provincial re-opening, and masks will no longer be required while visiting indoor public spaces as of Thursday, July 1,” stated City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam. “I want to remind everyone to be kind to each other and respect that some people may not feel comfortable shopping without their masks yet.”
Businesses in the City of Wetaskiwin are encouraged to remove the mandatory face covering signs from their windows and entrances on July 1, 2021 to help reduce confusion, especially for visitors and tourists.
“Thank you, everyone, for doing your part to help keep your fellow Wetaskiwinites safe,” stated Director of Emergency Management Jamie Wilkinson.