“Provincial mandates are not necessarily what is right for Calgary or parts of Calgary, so we continue to reach out to our own experts at the University of Calgary and others for the best advice on this,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Thursday. .
Currently, the city mask bylaw is set to expire on December 31, but could be repealed sooner than that with council approval.
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Premier Jason Kenney was asked on Wednesday about pressure the provincial government could put on cities with their own mask mandate when Alberta’s is lifted in Stage 3 of the reopening.
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Kenney said the province has worked with municipalities throughout the pandemic and hopes the working relationship continues.
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“I hope that they, municipal officials and others across the province, would take the expert advice of Alberta’s chief medical officer and public health experts very seriously,” Kenney said.
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Nenshi said the council would discuss “a way forward” on June 21.
“Right now, I feel like we probably want to put a trigger in place that has to do with how many people have second doses, not just first doses,” the mayor said.
“But I want to get better evidence on it and better science on it before I make a proposal to the board. “
On May 31, the council increased the fines for the mask settlement to $ 500 from $ 100 previously.
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