Coronavirus: Drumheller adopts Dino Bucks proposal instead of mandatory mask regulation


It is a city known for dinosaurs.Now the speech at Drumheller is about a new currency called Dino Bucks – a new approach to tackling the novel coronavirus.

The city administration has proposed that businesses distribute $ 5 Dino Buck coupons to people wearing masks in their stores. The proposal was passed on Tuesday and will be rolled out from Friday, officials said.

“Instead of being forced or asked to do it, we are rewarded for doing something. It could be a more positive approach to wearing the mask, ”said David Dunlop, whose family owns Neighbors’ Corner Pub, on Tuesday.

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The city plans to cover the $ 5,000 cost of the program, with businesses receiving $ 0.50 of the $ 5 voucher to participate.

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Vouchers can be used at participating companies.

Darryl Drohomerski, Administrative Director of the Town of Drumheller, pictured on Tuesday August 4, 2020. The administration is offering a Dino Bucks incentive program to encourage people to wear masks in businesses.

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City officials said businesses did not want a mandatory mask regulation that would require them to monitor people in their stores.

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“We spoke to a number of companies. Several of them are on board and very excited and others are taking a wait-and-see approach. They want to see what the board decides and what other companies are doing, ”said Darryl Drohomerski, administrative director of the town of Drumheller.

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“Businesses don’t want to be the executors, so our thought process is to get retailers to see the right people in all of this and reward them rather than having to make a phone call to say, ‘No one does. My store mask door. ‘ “

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A dino from Drumheller, Alta. Pictured Tuesday August 4, 2020.

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Residents hope Dino Bucks will mean the city does not crack down on wearing masks.

“Hopefully Dino Bucks will cut it,” said Drumheller resident Jim Spiers.

“I don’t think we should be fining people. Educate them. It’s a good way to educate people with Dino Bucks. “

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The plan is to run the voucher program for two months.

The city of 9,000 residents had eight cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to Alberta Health.

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