Council decided that a mandatory face covering requirement will only be enacted if Cochrane reaches 10 active cases and would be rescinded when active case numbers are reported to be below 10, for 14 consecutive days.
The bylaw reflects the recommendations made by health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels to wear face coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19 where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Mayor Genung said the Town’s primary focus is educating residents on the importance of wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, rather than enforcement.
“It is our responsibility as a community to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable. This bylaw represents our Council’s commitment to utilizing every tool we can to ensure public safety, to protect our residents and keep our economy open. Our decision allows our community to continue to follow all measures to keep each other safe without the final step of making masks mandatory immediately,” said Mayor Genung.
As some individuals may be unable to wear a mask, the Town of Cochrane is asking residents to be supportive of others in our community and remind residents that every person’s situation is different.
“I want to thank everyone who provided feedback. We tried to reflect the support, as well as the concerns we heard in this bylaw proposal. We believe this is a measured approach, balancing the need for individual responsibility with Municipal management of risks associated with this pandemic,” said Mayor Genung.
Wearing a mask does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing or the practice of regular hand washing and sanitizing.
More information will be available on cochrane.ca/COVID-19 in the coming days. Read Bylaw 20/2020.