Edmonton’s face covering bylaw will be deactivated on July 1, 2021.
The decision was made by Edmonton City Council in a 7-6 vote.
“I’m glad that we’ve had the chance to reflect and hear from our public on a question as complex as this and as divided as this,” said Mayor Don Iveson.
“This Council is split because our public is split.”
Province: masks still required on buses…
The municipal bylaw has been in effect since August 1, 2020. It requires, until July 1, people in Edmonton to wear a face covering in all indoor public places and on public vehicles, including the LRT, buses, taxis and other vehicles for hire.
The Government of Alberta has decided that its general provincial order requiring masks to be worn in indoor public places will end on July 1.
According to new provincial rules, however, masks will still be required on buses, in taxis, in ride shares and in some health settings, including continuing care facilities.
Deactivated, not repealed
The City’s face covering bylaw was originally set to expire on December 31.
Councillors heard that the recommendation to suspend the bylaw is supported by the Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health.
If the province returns to a previous stage of its relaunch plan, or if the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health orders masks to again be mandatory in public places, the City of Edmonton’s face covering bylaw would automatically reactivate.