In response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions, overwhelmingly amongst unvaccinated Albertans, the province announced late yesterday the reinstatement of mandatory masks for all indoor public spaces and workplaces, as of Saturday, September 4, 2021.
Beginning today, mandatory masks are once again required in retail stores. The mask order follows similar rules in place previously, and requires retailers to remind non-complying customers of the mandatory mask requirement, by way of signage and verbal reminders. However, retailers will not be expected to act as enforcement agents.
Mask use is not required if the individual is under 2 years of age, or if the customer is able to provide a medical exemption letter from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist.
Additionally, the province is recommended that plans for in-person return to work be paused, and that employers revert to work-from-home where possible. If employees are working on location, employees must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations.
As September 4 restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other licensed establishments will also be required to end alcohol service at 10:00 p.m.
For questions or more information contact
Director, Government Relations (Prairies)