RMWB Reinstating Mask Bylaw As Active COVID-19 Cases Rises Above 50

The regional mask bylaw is once again in effect.

Fort McMurray and the rural areas, not including Wood Buffalo National Park, have an active total of 52 after there were 16 new cases reported on Tuesday.

The trigger to put the mask measure in effect was set at 50 cases and will now remain in place for at least 30 days and won’t be lifted if we remain over the threshold.

There are exemptions for those under the age of five, need help putting a mask on or have a physical or mental illness.

There are also exceptions for the entire public. This includes when eating, drinking, exercising, or leading/ attending a religious activity.

The bylaw also overlaps the province’s health order.

One of the major differences includes the age children must be to avoid wearing a mask with the province exempting those under the age of two.

When it comes to discrepancies, the officer overseeing the situation can decide whether to focus on the bylaw or health order.

More information about the bylaw and health order can be found on the RMWB’s and GoA’s websites.

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