GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The City of Grande Prairie is now making the use of face-coverings mandatory, this following the combined COVID-19 case count between the municipality and the County of Grande Prairie reaching more than 100.

According to an article by MyGrandePriarieNow, Bylaw C-1426 mandates the use of face masks or coverings inside public buildings, with certain exceptions. Masks will be required to be worn in indoor public spaces when physical distancing via a screen, window, or other physical barrier is not possible.

The mandate doesn’t apply in schools, hospitals, and health care facilities, parts of public facilities only accessed by staff, and for drivers of public vehicles properly distanced or protected by a shield. It will also not apply to children ages under two or for those with medical conditions.

39 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the City of Grande Prairie over the weekend, for a new total of 91 active cases, and 149 recoveries. The County also had four new COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend, for a new total of 15 and 67 in that region.

Across Alberta, 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. According to Alberta Health Services, 364 cases were reported on Friday, 572 on Saturday, and 502 on Sunday. The case numbers come from just under 46,000 tests.