Temporary Mandatory Mask And Face Coverings

Masks are mandatory

Masks Mandatory in Public Areas

November 20, 2020


At 4:29 PM on November 20, 2020, Hinton Town Council unanimously approved Bylaw 1151: Temporary Mandatory Mask And Face Coverings. This bylaw will be reviewed every first and third Tuesday of each month at a Regular Meeting of Council or a Special Meeting of Council. 

The Bylaw section 3.1 reads:

All persons shall always wear a Face Covering while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed Public Place or in any Public Transportation Vehicle.

This bylaw takes effect at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

The Town of Hinton has the authority to enact this decision based on the Municipal Governance Act. Section 7 of the Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000 c. M-26 allows Council to pass bylaws for municipal purposes respecting matters including:

  • The safety, health, and welfare of people and the protection of people and property;
  • People, activities, and things in, on, or near a public place or place that is open to the public;
  • Businesses, business activities, and persons engaged in business

Public Places are Here Defined as:


any property, whether publicly or privately owned, to which members of the public have access as of right or by express or implied invitation, whether on payment of any fee or not.

Public Transportation is Here Defined as:

a bus, taxi, or other vehicle used for the transportation of people upon the payment of a fee.


Exempted from the Bylaw Are:

  • persons under five (5) years of age;
  • persons who are unable to place, use, or remove Face Coverings without assistance;
  • persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a Face Covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance;
  • persons consuming food or drink in a designated seating area or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony;
  • persons engaging in aquatic activities or physical exercise; or
  • persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a Face Covering;
  • persons unable to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation, or protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act;
  • A person with a medical condition, including breathing or cognitive difficulties, or a disability, that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering;
  • A person who is hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • A person who is employed by, or is an agent of, the Operator of an Enclosed Public Space is not obligated to wear a Mask while:
  • In an area of the premises that is not designated for public access; or
  • When located either within or behind a physical barrier including but not limited to a plexiglass barriers

Locations Exempted from the Bylaw Include:

  • schools and other educational facilities;
  • hospitals and health care facilities;
  • childcare facilities; or
  • areas exclusively accessed or used by the Public Place’s employees or the operators of a Public Transportation Vehicle, provided that physical barriers or physical distancing practices are implemented between any person not required to wear a Face Covering under this exemption and any other person.

While this action is not intended to be punitive, there are fines for refusing to wear a mask where prescribed to in the mask bylaw.

A person is guilty of an offence under this Bylaw if: 

  1. They contravene the provisions of this Bylaw.
  2. They obstruct or hinder any person in the exercise or performance of the person’s powers and duties under this Bylaw.

Penalties: 

  1. A person who is guilty of an offence is liable for a fine pursuant to Schedule “A” and issued in accordance with the MGA.

The fine schedule is:

  • Fail to wear a Face Covering where required

Minimum: $100

Specified Penalty: $200.00

  • Interference with a person in the exercise or performance of the person’s powers pursuant to this bylaw

Minimum: $250.00

Specified Penalty: $500.00

How to use a Medical Mask

Do's

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water before touching the mask
  • Check the mask for any tears or holes
  • Find the top side where the metal piece or stiff edge is
  • Ensure that the colored side faces outwards
  • Place the metal piece/stiff edge over your nose
  • Cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
  • Adjust the mask without leaving gaps on the side
  • Avoid touching the mask
  • Use the straps to remove the mask
  • Keep the mask away from you or any surface when removing it
  • Discard the mask immediately after use, preferably into a closed bin
  • Wash your hands after
Source: World Health Organization 


How to use a Medical Mask

Don't

  • Don't use a ripped or damp mask 
  • Do not wear the mask only over mouth or nose (both must be covered) 
  • Do not wear a loose mask 
  • Do not touch the front of the mask 
  • Do not do other things that will require touching the mask 
  • Do not leave used mask within the reach of others 
  • Do not re-use the mask 
Source: World Health Organization 

After using a disposable mask, 

please always make sure to properly dispose of the item to avoid another individual being exposed to your mask.

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