Memo To: People we Support, Families, Guardians and Skills Society Employees
Re: City of Edmonton Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw
From: Senior Leadership Team
July 31, 2020
On July 29, 2020, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and following the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Edmonton city council passed the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering will be mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles.
We remind everyone that guidance for Skills’ relaunch, policies and procedures comes from the direction and information provided by Provincial and Federal Health Authorities, CMOH, and our ministry (CSS/PDD). As of July 31, 2020, this bylaw does not impact stage 2 of the Skills relaunch. All Skills procedures and Individual and Roommate COVID-19 plans still apply, and all Skills employees are expected to follow and represent Skills policies and procedures, including COVID-19 procedures. As citizens of the City of Edmonton, we also need to follow City Bylaws. As per our “Social Distancing for People we Serve Procedure”, it is still strongly recommended that the people we support wear a mask while in community. If requested, individuals we support and guardians may request to review their Individual and Roommate COVID-19 plans, but it is not required. Skills policies and procedures are important safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the people we support, employees, and the community.
More information on the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw can be found on the City of Edmonton website by clicking here.
The COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly and we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and support during these times.
Note: What’s happening with COVID-19 is changing rapidly. We become aware of new information from the provincial and federal governments and health authorities on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. We are working hard to be responsive to this new information as it becomes available. As such, information in this memo may change and quickly become outdated. We are doing our best to communicate new information to the people we support, families, guardians, and staff in a timely manner.