Masks now mandatory as Edmonton bylaw kicks in

EDMONTON — Mask wearing is now mandatory in all public indoor spaces in Edmonton.

On Wednesday, city council voted 10-3 to make masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

The bylaw applies to not just city-owned facilities, but privately owned businesses, too. Face coverings will be required in retail stores, entertainment venues, rec centres, vehicles-for-hire and more.

The rule will not apply to anyone under the age of two, those who cannot put on or remove the mask on their own and those who cannot due to a physical or mental concern or limitation.

Rule violators could be fined $100.

Calgary and Banff have both instituted a similar rule, with $50 and $150 fines dished out.

Strathcona County will make masks mandatory in indoor county facilities and on transit as of Aug. 4.