The City of Edmonton has recently extended its indoor mask mandate indefinitely. The said move means that the requirement of wearing masks in the city’s indoor settings will remain even if the provincial government of Alberta decides to do away with it.
Edmonton’s City Council removed the triggers of the previously enacted bylaw.
The mask mandate was set to be active until there are “10 consecutive days where the City of Edmonton had a COVID-19 case rate lower than 100 per 100,000 people,” or up to December 31, 2021. The removal took place on Tuesday.
Edmonton’s City Manager, Andre Corbould, stressed in a news release that the decision to keep the mask mandate in position is for the general welfare of all the residents. “By extending the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings bylaw, Council has ensured that one of our best tools for protection against the spread of the virus remains in place,” he related. “It’s important to remind Edmontonians that this fight isn’t over.”