As of July 27, Banff reported eight active cases of COVID-19 with more than 20,000 people visiting Banff each of the last three weekends
Banff town council has passed a mandatory mask bylaw effective July 31st at noon.
Bylaw 436 – The Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw makes wearing masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces like grocery stores, shops, cafés, places of worship, sports facilities, public transit, common areas of hotels, motels, and other indoor facilities, and outside in the 100 and 200 blocks of Banff Avenue and Caribou Street.
Banff’s bylaw excludes children under 2, schools, day cares, hospitals and on school buses.
Businesses and operators will also have to post adequate signage informing people of the mask mandate and have to make hand sanitizer available at all public entrances. A $150 fine could be issued to someone who fails to wear a mask or a business operator who does not post adequate signage.
The motion comes the week after Calgary and Edmonton introduced mask mandates.
This week, Lethbridge, Cochrane, Okotoks and Airdrie are set to have discussions about mandatory masks in their communities.
Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen spoke with Windspeaker Radio about the new bylaw