Temporary Mandatory Face Covering (Mask) Bylaw.

The Temporary Mandatory Face Covering (Mask) Bylaw is currently activated as of October 26, 2020.

We encourage residents to continue to practice the kindness and patience our region is known for as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To see all of our COVID-19 information and updates, and to follow any changes in the status of this bylaw, visit cityofgp.com/covid19 or subscribe to email notifications for COVID-19 updates here.

To learn more about how to safely wear a face covering or mask, visit masktogether.ca.

About the Bylaw

The bylaw identifies a ‘trigger point’ for masking to become mandatory in indoor public areas and public vehicles when case numbers in the City and County combined reach 100 or when the relaunch status changes for either municipality to “Enhanced” status as per the Government of Alberta.

Face coverings/masks will not be required once the City returns to the “Open” category, as stated by the province, for 14 consecutive days.

The City of Grande Prairie is leading with an education first approach, however, failure to adhere to the bylaw may result in a $100 penalty. 

This bylaw is valid until January 31, 2021, unless otherwise amended by Council.

Exemptions 

The following groups or people are exempt from the bylaw:

  • Children under two years of age;
  • Children between 2 to 5 years of age who refuse to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their parent/guardian;
  • Those unable to wear a face covering or mask due to a medical or physical concern, or protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act;
  • Those who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering/mask safely without assistance;
  • Those who are eating or drinking at a public place that offers food or beverage services, while seated in designated areas;
  • Those who are engaging in an athletic or fitness activity, including but not limited to running, water activities or physical exercise;
  • Those who are a designated care giver for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a Face Covering (Mask) would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability;
  • Those engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a face covering/mask in order to provide or receive a service; or
  • Those who are sleeping or in bed at a homeless shelter.

Please note: Proof is not required to claim an exemption.

Information for Businesses 

Businesses operating within City limits are required to display City signage when the ‘trigger point’ is reached for either the City or County of Grande Prairie.

Businesses may download and print posters here.  Printed posters will be available for pick up at City Hall, City Service Centre,  Centre 2000 (Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce), and the DownTown Association starting October 29, 2020. 

Failure to display signage may result in a $200 penalty to businesses.

Click the image below to download and print a poster in English or French:

Business Poster for Display in English                    Business Poster for Display in French

Business FAQs

Below, we have outlined answers for some common questions for business owners.

General FAQs

Below, we have outlined rules and guidelines for some common scenarios.