Today, the new municipal bylaw mandating face coverings comes into effect requiring all citizens to wear a face covering in indoor public places and public vehicles within Red Deer. Red Deer Municipal Policing Services and Red Deer RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens to be respectful of one another, and to adhere to the bylaw.
“This bylaw is about public safety, and our enforcement will reflect that,” says Bart Rowland, City of Red Deer Municipal Policing Services Manager. “Where appropriate, we will have conversations with individuals in an effort to educate, but will also issue fines as needed.”
While Community Peace Officers will be the primary resource tasked with handling mask-related complaints, as well as provincial Public Health Orders, the Red Deer RCMP are also prepared to respond.
“Regardless of the policing mechanism, harassing behaviour will not be tolerated,” says Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “We’re asking that everyone cooperate with the safety measures that are in place to protect our most vulnerable community members.”
Complaints regarding masking and other Public Health Order restrictions such as social gatherings and 1/3 occupancy requirements could result in a ticket ranging from $50 to $1,000. If you have questions about enforcement, or need to report a violation, please call the police non-emergency line at 403-343-5575. For more information on The City’s face covering bylaw, visit www.reddeer.ca/masks.
For more information, contact:
The City of Red Deer