Strathcona County council discussed bringing back the mandatory face-covering bylaw on Wednesday (Sept.1).
 
With the rising COVID-19 cases, council looked at introducing the bylaw back into the community in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
 
After a lengthy discussion, Strathcona County council decided to implement the mask bylaw once again, starting Sept.10. Councillors expressed frustration towards the provincial government for not stepping up and taking action, and instead leaving the decision to the municipalities.
 
This will be similar to the bylaw in place prior to Mar.31. Face-coverings will be required in all indoor, enclosed or substantially enclosed public places or vehicles.
 
Exceptions to the bylaw include:

- Children under two years of age.
- People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering without assistance.
- People with mental or physical concerns or limitations inhibiting their ability to wear a mask.
- People eating or drinking in designated seating areas or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony (e.g., to receive communion).
- People who are exercising or engaging in athletic activities.
- Caregivers or those accompanying someone with a disability, wearing a face-covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (e.g., the ability to lip-read).
- People who need to temporarily remove their face covering to provide or receive a service.
 
Failure to wear a face-covering when required can result in a penalty of $100.
 
There are currently 225 active COVID-19 cases in Sherwood Park and 59 active cases in rural Strathcona County.
 
Edmonton city council announced they would make masks required in public indoor spaces a few days prior.
 
Sturgeon County will be looking at a similar bylaw on Thursday (Sept.2) at 11 a.m. Fort Saskatchewan has not yet called a meeting to look into the issue.