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COVID-19 - Face Coverings Bylaw

For the safety and protection of our community, the City of Calgary requires people to wear face coverings or masks in indoor public areas and public vehicles, with few exceptions.

The Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect on August 1, 2020 and will remain in effect through December 2021.

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

Effective November 24, 2020, masks are mandatory in workplaces under enhanced provincial public health measures

In addition to The City of Calgary face coverings bylaw, the Province of Alberta has made face coverings mandatory in all indoor workplaces in Calgary, except when a person is working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or there is an appropriate barrier in place. For more information visit Alberta.ca.


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 $100 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 Face Coverings Bylaw includes exceptions:

  • Children under 2 years of age
  • 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 premises 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)

Please note: Proof is not required if someone has an exception. Businesses are also not expected to deny services as not everyone is required to wear a face covering.

Mask Bylaw - Questions & Answers

Want to know if a mask is required under the bylaw for your indoor activity? We have outlined rules and guidelines for some common scenarios.

View Face Coverings Bylaw: Questions & Answers.

To learn more about the bylaw and its full requirements, visit Face Coverings Bylaw.


Face covering requirements for business

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

To download a sign, view sign guidelines or view our other bylaw 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.


Face coverings in condos and apartments

Since the recent decision issued by Dr. Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, it is now mandatory that masks be worn in the common areas of condos and apartments.

If you own or manage a condo building or apartment, you can download and post our “You are entering a high risk area – wear a mask" posters in your common spaces.


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