Proposed Masking Up Bylaw in Town of High Level, Alberta

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Proposed Masking Up Bylaw in Town of High Level, Alberta

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With an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Mackenzie County and rising numbers in our Province we are seeking an Inside Mandatory Mask-Up Policy in the Town of High Level, Alberta as a precautionary measure to help reduce the risk of transmission of this highly infectious corona-virus.   Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. This new strain is called COVID-19 acute respiratory disease (novel coronavirus) and it may be spread when someone coughs or sneezes.

Masks would be mandatory in all public places that are partly enclosed and in situations where physical-distancing cannot be maintained.  

For example individuals working inside in an office setting would be required to wear a mask when moving about in hallways, bathrooms, elevators, however, once seated and staying put, the mask could come off providing there is an ability to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters or more.  Another example would be in schools Children 12 and up would be required to wear a mask when they are moving around the classroom and in the hallways. If they are seated and respecting physical-distancing rules, they may take off their masks. Children under the age of 12 would not be required to wear a mask; although children as young as two could still be encouraged to wear a mask. 

Masks could be a commercial grade or a handcrafted one, as long as it covers the nose and mouth. 

The Inside Mandatory Mask Up Policy would complement the existing COVID-19 precautionary measures that are already in place (hand washing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, using hand sanitizers in-between and avoidance of touching your mouth, nose and face). 

With provision for exceptions for people with medical conditions such as serious cardio-respiratory problem, they would be exempt from wearing a mask, as would children under the age of 12. Those who are unable to remove their mask without the help of another person are also exempt. 

When we all wear a mask we are protecting each other and everyone in our circle "I am protecting you; You are protecting me" working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   If you agree with a Inside Mandatory Mask Up policy in the Town of High Level please sign the petition by 5 pm on August 2, 2020

 

 

 



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