Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton, has just forced everyone to wear masks in all public places — or so the people in charge want you to believe and then act accordingly.
The new “temporary” mandatory mask law will be in place until the end of the year. Those two weeks to flatten the so-called curve of coronavirus just keeps getting longer all the time.
The Edmonton law says a person:
“Must wear a face covering at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially, enclosed public place or public vehicle.”
This means a mask must be worn:
“...on any property whether publicly or privately owned to which members of the public have access as of right or by expressed or implied invitation whether on payment of any fee or not” including a “bus or light rail vehicle operated by Edmonton Transit service or a vehicle for hire” like a taxi or an Uber.
Non-compliance comes with a $100 fine.
Edmonton's Mask Law In Detail
There is a long list of exemptions to the new law, officially called Bylaw 19408. The Edmonton mask law does not apply to the following persons:
“Persons under the age of 2, persons who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering without assistance, persons who are unable to wear face covering due to mental or physical concern or limitation or a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony, persons engaged in water activities or physical exercise, persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability wear a face covering would hinder that caregiving and assistance, and persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a face covering.”
However, no one is allowed to ask you for proof of your exemption.
And if you are one of those people who lives in the 'burbs outside of the big city for the purposes of not being within the clutches of a power hungry, tax gobbling, progressive mayor with designs on out virtue-signalling the next big city mayor for an 'atta boy from Justin Trudeau, well you’re not safe either.
Edmonton's Mask Laws Creep Beyond City Limits
Strathcona County, just outside of Edmonton city limits (population 100,000) just made masks mandatory in all county owned and operated facilities, including buses, and there was no vote on it.
And just to be sure that everyone in the entire region is forced to live by the rules brought in by a mayor in a city they don’t live in, and council they didn’t vote for and, therefore, cannot hold to account, the regional mayors of the greater capital region are working together to make the Iveson mask rules are uniform across the land:
“A bylaw to require the mandatory use of non-medical masks in all public indoor spaces (retail and businesses) and public vehicles for hire (taxis and rideshares) is being drafted by administration and is expected to be debated by council during a special meeting on Thursday, August 6.”
I think I'm exempt from wearing a mask in a public place in Edmonton.
My congenital birth defect of being born with freedom coursing through my veins means I am medically exempt from wearing a face mask. I don't have to prove it and neither do you.
Mask Exemption Cards
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