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Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw comes in effect this weekend: free masks will be available while supplies last

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Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw comes in effect this weekend: free masks will be available while supplies last.

The temporary Face Coverings Bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 26M2020) regulations that require the wearing of face coverings in indoor public premises and public vehicles begins Saturday, August 1, 2020.

“In entering the temporary regulations this Saturday, we want to remind Calgarians to not only have a face covering at hand to wear when entering an indoor public space or public vehicle, but to exercise our kindness and compassion that Calgarians are known for,” says Kay Choi, Manager, Strategic Services, Calgary Community Standards. “With underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting the ability for some to wear a face covering, we ask that people not pass quick judgements, and kindly ask others if they are unable to wear a face covering before they assume.”

Under the bylaw business operators or owners are required to display Face Coverings Bylaw requirement signage in public entryways of the business or vehicle. The City of Calgary has made downloadable signage (including translated versions) and a business and operators guide available on Calgary.ca/covid19.

The City of Calgary, as part of an allotment of face coverings provided by the Province of Alberta, will be making free disposable face coverings available at a number of locations across Calgary, the next 500,000 which will be available starting August 1.

“We have several spots in Calgary where you can pick some free face coverings up,” says Deputy Chief Susan Henry, Calgary Emergency Management Agency. “We recognize that cost and availability may be a barrier for some, so this may help ease the burden on those who don’t already have their own face coverings.”

“Please take only what you need to make sure all those who need them have a chance to get some. If you have your own cloth or homemade face covering, remember those work just fine to help protect others as long as it fits you well.”

The City of Calgary’s primary focus is educating Calgarians on the importance of wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, rather than enforcement. Failure to wear a face covering where required or failure to display prescribed signage can result in a penalty of $50 or $200.

More information about the bylaw, as well as a list of pick-up locations for the face coverings are available on calgary.ca/covid19.

Read more on Todayville Calgary.

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Calgary man faces 17 charges for alleged domestic abuse of multiple partners

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CALGARY — Police in Calgary have laid 17 domestic-violence-related charges against a man involved with multiple partners over a 10-year period.

Investigators say a woman came forward in May to report serious violence from a previous relationship.

Police say she provided the names of two other women, who she believed had also been abused by the same man.

It is alleged the accused physically and sexually assaulted the women during those relationships.

Police say the violence was substantial and led to permanent physical ailments.

Daniel Walders, who is 39, has been charged with 11 counts of assault, four counts of sexual assault and two of uttering threats.

“The level of violence exhibited by the alleged offender is significant,” said Staff Sgt. Vince Hancott with the Calgary Police Service’s domestic conflict unit.

“Alberta has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Canada, but help is available.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2021.

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City council votes to repeal masking bylaw ahead of Calgary Stampede

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CALGARY — City council in Calgary has voted to repeal its masking bylaw, days before the start of the Stampede.

The provincial government lifted most public health restrictions onThursday, but Calgary left its masking bylaw in place until today.

Calgarians will no longer be required to wear face coverings indoors, except in city-owned spaces and vehicles, including public transit.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says masks will be required in those areas until the office of the city manager lifts the restriction.

Nenshi, saying it is time people learn to live safely without restrictions, was one of 10 members of council who voted to repeal the bylaw..

Four councillors voted to keep it.

The chief medical officer of health, as well as city health officials, are still recommending the use of masks, but fines can no longer be issued, and it’s not part of provincial or municipal legislation.

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