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Cold Lake votes against mandatory masks

Town of Cold Lake (David Turner photo)

COLD LAKE – Cold Lake City Council voted against first reading of a proposed mandatory mask bylaw at its regular meeting on Oct. 27.

The proposed bylaw was developed by considering mandatory mask bylaws passed by several other municipalities navigating the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta. Among the proposals included for discussion:

“Since the pandemic began, we have been closely following the advice and guidance of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “After much discussion, it is council’s opinion that if mask use is to be made mandatory in public places, that decision should be made by Doctor Hinshaw and Alberta Health. We will not be mandating mask use at a municipal level in Cold Lake.”