"There wasn’t much support to make masks mandatory in the community”
Cold Lake City council have decided against implementing a mask bylaw
During their Sept. 15 meeting, council outlined bylaws being implemented by other municipalities during the meeting, however members felt they should continue to follow the advice of Alberta's Chief Medical officer of health, instead of implementing their own mandatory mask policy.
Currently in Alberta, Masks are not provincially mandated, City councils in some cities and municipalities have set their own mask use policies. Larger regions, like Edmonton & Calgary, have a mask use policy in place.
“We can quickly adapt if cases start to get high here but, right now, I think everyone in the area is doing a great job at social distancing the best they can and there aren’t that many activities that are going on out there. There’s no concerts or big events, so you’re limiting the crowd even at weddings. We’re just going to leave it alone and just wait for COVID-19 to run its course, hopefully.” - Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland
Although masks won’t be mandatory in public spaces, some businesses and organizations in Cold Lake do require customers to wear face coverings while using their establishment based on their corporate policies.
Alberta's Chief medical officer of health, Dr Deena Hinshaw encourages Albertans to wear masks in public when it’s difficult or impossible to maintain physical distancing of six feet, reminded people to practice good hand hygiene, and to stay home when sick of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.