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Some local businesses are hoping Calgarians will voluntarily comply with the city’s mandatory mask regulation, as they have no plans to enforce the rule that came into effect on Saturday.
Andrew Ferguson, the owner of Kensington Wine Market in northwest Calgary, said early Saturday afternoon that there were no compliance issues at his store.
Even if there were, however, it would not fall on the shoulders of his staff to “fight” with those who appear to be disobeying the rules.
“In our industry, you already have difficult situations where you have to question the age of people. If people are intoxicated, we’re supposed to refuse service, so staff already have many areas where they potentially need to intervene, ”Ferguson said.
“To add another, that wouldn’t be fair.”
He said it was not the employees’ position to question whether or not someone should wear a mask.
The regulation requires Calgarians to wear a face mask or face shield in any indoor public space, including retail stores, recreation centers and public transportation. Those who do not comply can face a fine of $ 50.
Alberta said it detected 127 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, from just under 8,400 tests – a positivity rate of around 1.5%. They bring Alberta’s total to 10,843.
No new data was provided by Alberta Health Monday due to the holiday.
Also on Friday, Alberta reported one new death, a man in his 80s in the central area.
A total of 1,386 cases remain active in Alberta, with 9,261 recoveries. Eighty-six Albertans remain in hospital with the virus, 17 of whom are in intensive care units, declining in both settings as of Thursday.
In a Twitter post, Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said positive memories of the long weekend would be spoiled if a loved one fell ill with COVID-19 because the right precautions were taken. were not taken.
“Remember to stay safe this weekend: wash your hands, step back two meters and wear a mask when you can’t. These are small steps that protect us all and show that we care about ourselves, ”she said on Monday.