Calgary extends mask mandate, makes changes to vaccine passport

Calgary city council wants to make changes to when they might lift the mask bylaw in the city.

During a COVID update at City Hall on Monday, council was told there are 83 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, and if case counts stay below 100 per 100,000 then the bylaw would be lifted Nov. 26.

After some debate, council passed a motion 11-4 to change that rule, so only council can repeal the mandate after getting a regular COVID update from city officials.

Meanwhile, the city also made some changes to its vaccine passport system to further align itself with the provincial program.


Initially, the regulation had stated that vaccination status must be checked at the point of entry of a business, but Matt Zabloski, a strategist with the city’s community standards department, says businesses raised some concerns about that.

“Restaurants which offer counter sale or quick service could opt instead to check vaccination status at the counter as opposed to the point of entry,” explained Zabloski.

“It also allows those that are picking up takeout orders to do so without providing proof of vaccination status, but dine-in customers are still required to provide vaccination status.”

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