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Kerri Johnson-Leland, Managing Editor
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The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has announced that effective immediately face coverings are now mandatory in all indoor public places, with some exemptions.

This Municipal bylaw was triggered after Alberta Health Services reported 51 active cases of COVID-19 in the region. The bylaw will remain in effect for a minimum of 30 days, after which it will be lifted once cases drop below 50. Failing that, the bylaw will remain in effect for an additional 30 days.

On public transit, face coverings will remain mandatory regardless of the number of active cases in the region.

Exceptions to the bylaw include:

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  • Children under 5 years of age
  • People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering
  • People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance
  • People who are seated while eating or drinking at a public place that offers food or beverage services
  • People engaging in an athletic or fitness activity
  • People who are caregiving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (for example, the ability to lip read)
  • People who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service (for example, a visit to the dentist)
  • People who are attending or leading a religious worship activity

Businesses will be required to display signage at entryways, indicating that masks are mandatory. Signs can be downloaded at rmwb.ca/facecovering.

For more information on the Face Covering Bylaw, visit rmwb.ca/facecovering or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.

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Emma is an interdisciplinary artist, story-teller, and gemini. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing and Theatre at the University of Victoria in 2019, she packed up her plants and books and hit the road back to her hometown of Fort McMurray. She is an avid coffee drinker and lipstick wearer, and has a small but wonderful collection of human teeth. In her free time she enjoys staring at the moon, and strives to find beauty in the mundane.

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