COVID-19 - Pandemic Face Covering Bylaw

For the safety and protection of our community, The City of Calgary requires people to wear a face covering or mask in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, with some exceptions.

The Pandemic Face Covering Bylaw 63M2021 came into effect on September 4, 2021 and was amended on February 15, 2022 to align it with Provincial requirements. The bylaw will remain in force until March 1st, 2022.

View The City bylaw library for current and previous versions of bylaws relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To see all of our COVID-19 information and updates, visit City of Calgary COVID-19.


What does the bylaw require?

The bylaw mandates that face coverings be worn in the following places:

Places

Examples

Public transit
 

Buses, shuttles and CTrains
 

Public vehicles for hire
 

Taxis, ridesharing businesses, vehicles for hire
 

Public indoor spaces
 

Malls, grocery stores, retail businesses, places of worship
 

City of Calgary facilities

Recreation centres, City Hall, City of Calgary buildings

Failure to wear a face covering where required can result in a penalty of $500 and failure to display prescribed signage can result in a penalty of $200.

Subsequent offences within a 12-month period will result in higher penalties.


What are the exceptions?

The Pandemic Face Covering Bylaw includes exceptions:

  • Children aged 12 years and under
  • People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering
  • People who are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance
  • People who are eating or drinking at a public premise that offers food or beverage services
  • People engaging in an athletic or fitness activity
  • People who are caregiving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (for example, the ability to lip-read)
  • People who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service (for example, a visit to the dentist)

View Face Covering Bylaw: Questions & Answers.


Face covering requirements for business

Under the bylaw, business operators or owners are required to display signage in public entryways of the business or vehicle.

To download a sign, business guidance and other resources for businesses and operators, visit masks and face coverings in businesses.

Failure to display signage can result in a penalty of $200. 

Subsequent offences within a 12-month period will result in higher penalties.


Provincial mask requirements

Masks are mandatory:

  • For those aged 13 years and older in all indoor public spaces, workplaces and places of worship.
  • For employees in all indoor work settings, except while alone in a work-station

Mask use is not required if:

  • The individual is under 13 years of age
  • The individual qualifies for a medical exception

Get more information on the provincial mask requirements.


Enforcement

City of Calgary peace officers and the Calgary Police Service continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services, to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.

Last updated: March 3, 2022

Face Covering Bylaw enforcement
Week ending (date) Ticket type - Failure to display signage Ticket type - Failure to wear a face covering where required    Total tickets 
Feb 23 - Mar 1 0 16 16
Total tickets since bylaw implemented (Sept. 23) 4 236 240

Face covering information and data

Government of Alberta - Enhanced public health orders

Please refer to the enhanced provincial health measures located at https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organization

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