Since the passing of a bylaw of wearing masks in public places in Edmonton, some residents, especially those with a medical condition, have raised concern.
Ward three councilor Jon Dzaidyk said qualifying individuals could be exempt, and they’d just issued a program where you could demonstrate proof of an exemption by having a card that’s being handed out for free.
Dzaidyk is hopeful that the exception will ease tension for those supposedly not complying with the bylaw. However, Dzaidyk said if they found out that this program was being abused, there’s a chance that they could refine it.
So far, this program is working well. According to ward one councilor Andrew Knack, bylaw officers reported an 80% compliance rate last weekend, and he planned to monitor those rates.
Knack said he didn’t yet believe providing a mask exemption card was going to render the bylaw useless. Nonetheless, he said in the case that compliance dropped to 60% or 50%, they might want to look at a different solution.