The suspended enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 has been extended until May 2021. The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management has approved the extension due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The enforcement of the Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw was first suspended in March 2020 by the City’s Director of Emergency Management, Robert Osmond, due to the increased infection risk reusable bags posed to the public.
In June 2020 Wetaskiwin City Council made the decision to reinstate the Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw for November 2020, however a decision has been made to extend the enforcement suspension for several more months. This increased suspension follows the recent rise in local COVID-19 cases.
“COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the province and in Wetaskiwin. Doing what we can to prevent or slow the spread of the virus is paramount,” said Director of Emergency Management Robert Osmond. “The City takes the health and safety of citizens very seriously and extending the suspension of the Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw makes sense given the current state of the pandemic and our local case numbers.”
The suspension of enforcement allows local retailers to continue to give away or sell single-use plastic checkout bags to customers until May 2021.
The City of Wetaskiwin will contact affected businesses in the coming weeks to address any questions they may have about this change and its impact of their business.
City residents are advised to contact individual stores to determine if they are allowing reusable bags at this time.