Anti-masks take position on Calgary bylaw on the face at Chinook Center – Calgary


Wearing masks inside stores has been a part of life in Calgary since August 1, but a number of people who don’t like the rule went to the Chinook Center without a mask on Saturday.A group called the Freedom Unity Alliance encouraged people on social media to come to the mall without a mask.

“The action today was just to support those who cannot wear masks,” said event co-host Kimberlee Callaway.

“I can’t wear a mask because of past trauma. There is no protest. There is no rally. We just want to show that it is our God given right to breathe air. We are not sick and if we were sick we would stay at home.

Inside the mall there was a lot of security, but those taking part in the action said it was okay not to wear a mask.

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“So far, everything is fine,” said Tommy Colthorpe of Freedom Unity Alliance. He said mall employees and security said “absolutely nothing today” as he walked through the mall without a mask.

“It is the choice of the individual. The [are] lots of exemptions and no one has the right to ask questions about why they are exempt, ”Colthorpe said.

A statement from Cadillac Fairview said its security team was “in contact with local authorities to ensure a safe shopping environment.”

Some buyers weren’t impressed with people breaking the rules.

“I think they should wear one because I have to wear one. I think like everyone says, “I don’t wear one for myself; I wear one for your safety, ”said customer Kim Lester.

Calgary Chinook Center pictured on Saturday October 17, 2020.

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Other buyers are still not convinced by the idea of ​​mandatory masks.

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“I saw a dozen people walking around without masks,” said Trevor Price of Red Deer, who was shopping at the Chinook Center on Saturday. “My own opinion: I don’t like to wear a mask. I think it should be up to the individual.

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Calgary’s city bylaw states that businesses are not supposed to kick a customer or deny service to people who break the rules.

Stacey Selley owns Bamboo Ballroom near 17th Avenue. While people have enjoyed wearing masks, Stelley said she appreciates retail workers who have to deal with people who don’t wear masks.

“They’re going to be in the position of having to tell people that they can’t come in and that their current customers feel uncomfortable. This is the other thing – I don’t want someone who follows a policy for my personal health to feel uncomfortable while in my store or while shopping at a mall. commercial, ”Selley said.

“I think all you can really do is just ask them to do it, and if they don’t, personally I’m not going to physically escort anyone. It would mean getting even closer to someone who isn’t wearing a mask.

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Bamboo Ballroom owner Stacey Selley says she loves retail workers who have to deal with people who refuse to wear masks.

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Calgary’s face mask regulation came into effect on August 1 and requires people to wear masks in any part of an enclosed space accessible to the public.

According to the city’s website, the settlement focuses on education with law enforcement as a last resort.

“Much of the approach is around communication and education to make the public better understand that wearing a face mask is the right thing to do,” the city said.

“Law enforcement responsibilities are shared between community peace officers, the Calgary Police Department, livery inspectors and Calgary Transit peace officers.

The CPS called Saturday’s action a “non-event” and said no tickets had been distributed by officers.

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