Temporary Mandatory Face Covering (Mask) Bylaw.

The Temporary Mandatory Face Covering (Mask) Bylaw is not activated at this time.

The City of Grande Prairie recently passed the Temporary Mandatory Face Covering (Mask) Bylaw on September 8, 2020 as an additional measure to keep our community safe and healthy during our ongoing COVID-19 response.

The bylaw identifies a ‘trigger point’ for masking to become mandatory in indoor public areas and public vehicles.

We believe this measure is another step we can take along with physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and other provincial health regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, keep our residents healthy, and support our business community by preventing further shut-downs if cases rise.

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.

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 pick up signage from City Hall, Centre 2000, City Service Centre or City on 99. Alternatively, businesses can download and print posters here. 

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