"We still need people to wear masks, take responsibility for themselves, we’re all in this together, We all have a role to play.”
Jasper Municipal Council has passed a bylaw to make face coverings mandatory in many publicly used areas of downtown Jasper.
Masks are required on most municipal sidewalks downtown, in all outdoor public places where two-metre distancing isn't possible, and in all indoor public places, including privately owned businesses and facilities accessible to the general public.
There are several exceptions to the rule, including children under two, people prevented from wearing a face covering due to medical conditions, and people eating in restaurants while at assigned seating.
The bylaw comes into effect immediately but won’t be enforced until Council gives businesses a few days to put signage up, and give the general public a chance to become aware of the legislation.
Not following the new bylaw comes with a fine of $250.
You could also be fined $150 to $500 for not wearing a mask or face-covering on public sidewalks in the specified areas above, and public outdoor places where maintaining a two metre distance is not possible under the municipality’s existing Conduct in Public Places bylaw.