City stops face covering exemption card distribution through recreation centres
August 12, 2020

The City of Edmonton has stopped distributing face covering / mask exemption cards at its recreation facility locations, as of 3 p.m. today. The cards were available through seven facilities across Edmonton. 

We trust that those with legitimate exemptions have been able to obtain a card up to this point. We are reassessing the program and distribution mechanisms for those with a legitimate exemption and who may want a card but were unable to pick one up in person.

At this time, we are unable to say when this alternate distribution will be in place and when cards will be available again. In the meantime, cards distributed between August 8-12 remain a valid means to communicate an individual has a condition exempting them from the bylaw. 

We appreciate the public’s understanding and patience as we make adjustments to how the City supports those with exemptions to the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings bylaw, particularly those who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering without assistance or those unable to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation, or under protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act. 

We encourage people to watch our social media channels and check for updates. 

By wearing face coverings or masks, Edmontonians can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information:

Media contact:
Senior Communications Advisor
Communications and Engagement