Mask & Face Coverings in the Town of Barrhead

UPDATE:  As of December 8, 2020, the Government of Alberta has made masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces throughout Alberta.  Visit the Government of Alberta's website for further clarification and updates surrounding new Health Orders.  Informational posters and facts sheets and guidance documents are available on the Government of Alberta site.

Let's stay safe and healthy together.  At the October 27, 2020 Council meeting, Council passed Bylaw 11-2020 providing the Town of Barrhead with a Temporary Mandatory Mask and Face Covering Bylaw to be enacted by resolution of Council at any time.  The following factors would be taken into consideration when deciding to implement the bylaw:
  • The Government of Alberta places the Barrhead Region under a "watch" status with at least ten (10) active cases,
  • The Government of Alberta places the Barrhead Region under an "enhanced" status based on the existing COVID-19 thresholds. 
Please remember to be kind and respectful.  Exceptions to the Temporary Mandatory Mask and Face Covering Bylaw exist and not all members of the community can safely wear a face covering.

Status of Mask & Face Coverings at this time: MANDATORY

Download posters for storefronts and businesses here (only available when bylaw has been enacted).

What is a face covering?

Watch Dr. Hinshaw explain how to choose the right face covering for wearing in public. 
Source:  Government of Alberta

When to wear a face covering

For the safety and protection of our our community, on October 27, 2020, Town of Barrhead Town Council passed the Temporary Mandatory Mask & Face Coverings Bylaw that can be enacted when Council deems that mask be worn to protect the health and safety of the community.  This bylaw, if enacted, will require face coverings to be worn in all indoor and outdoor public places within the Town of Barrhead when two (2) metre physical distancing cannot be maintained.  Public places includes any property accessible by the public (publicly or privately owned).  This includes locations such as:

  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Entertainment venues
  • Recreation centres
This does not include a school or other educational institution, a hospital or other health care facility, senior's lodge, or a child care facility. 

Who doesn't have to wear a face covering

Face coverings must be worn by everyone, unless you fall under one of the following exemptions:

  • Children under the age of 2,
  • Persons unable to place, use, or remove face coverings without assistance,
  • People who are eating or drinking while seated in a designated food and rink seating area,
  • Persons with underlying medical conditions or disabilities which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering,
  • Persons engaged in water activities or physical exercise within designated areas,
  • Persons who must remove their face coverings to provide or receive a service,
  • Volunteer firefighters while on duty and not in direct contact with the public.
Please note:  Proof is not required if someone has an exemption. 

Why wear a face covering

The Town is doing everything possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.  Wearing a face covering is one of the many important elements in keeping each other safe.  Other ways include:
  • Staying home if you are experiencing symptoms or feel unwell,
  • Maintaining two (2) metres from others not in your household cohort,
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbow or tissue, ensuring you wash or sanitize your hands after doing so.

How to wear a face covering 

Source:  Government of Alberta