Mask bylaw will deactivate late November should COVID cases stay below threshold

A package of non-medical masks made available from fast food drive-thrus in Alberta, in Edmonton on Monday, June 8, 2020. DAVID BLOOM/POSTMEDIA

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As of Nov. 9, the Town of Fairview began mandating face coverings as the trigger threshold had been reached in accordance with its bylaw.

The threshold to activate the bylaw was when 25 positively confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been detected in the community. As of Nov. 12, the Fairview area had 18 active cases, which is below the bylaw’s threshold.

Currently, face coverings are mandatory in public spaces. Administration met with business owner and managers of public spaces to provide them with information regarding the bylaw, give them the proper signage and answer any questions.

Daryl Greenhill, CAO for the Town of Fairview, confirmed that this went over well with the people that administration had met with.

The CAO explained that although numbers have dropped below 25, the bylaw will have to remain in affect for 14 days. The bylaw will only be dropped if the numbers stay below 25 cases for those 14 days.

If numbers continue to stay below 25, the bylaw should be suspended by approximately Nov. 26.

“If we hit 25 or above again, then it just resets the clock and it stays mandatory until we drop below 25, and then it’s 14 days after that,” said Greenhill during a phone interview with the Fairview Post on Nov. 14.

Greenhill explained that the majority of businesses have been supportive and compliant about the implication of the bylaw and he added that he believed it gives businesses another tool to help to get individuals visiting their businesses to wear a mask.

“A lot of the business owners want the patrons to wear masks that makes for a nicer, better and more safer environment,” said Greenhill.

Greenhill added that the Town is asking all those in the community of Fairview and all visitors to the area to follow these health protocols implemented by the government. He stated that the community can get through this and that it is crucial to keep numbers from going up. The next step that would happen if numbers keep rising in the potential closing of businesses to the public.

“If all it takes is us to wear masks to avoid a business closing, please wear a mask,” Greenhill said.

Mandatory face covering bylaws are activated in different communities at different thresholds, as thresholds are based on certain population sizes.

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