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Lethbridge City Council approves mandatory masks, face coverings on city transit buses

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Starting early next month, those riding a bus in Lethbridge must wear a mask.

After some lengthy debate and a few amendments, City Council unanimously passed a bylaw Monday (July 27) requiring anyone using Lethbridge Transit to wear a face covering as of August 4, 2020.

That’s the same day transit will resume regular routes and fares.

“The number of active COVID-19 cases in the City of Lethbridge has increased significantly in the past 10 days,” says Mayor Chris Spearman, who co-sponsored the motion with Councillor Jeff Carlson.

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“It is our common desire to sustain the local economy and support businesses in the City of Lethbridge. The wearing of masks has been shown to be an effective means of slowing community transmission of COVID-19. We strongly encourage all residents to wear masks in public. First and foremost, we want to educate our residents about the importance of face coverings,” says Spearman.

Bus rider in Lethbridge are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but for those who do not have one, free masks will be provided.

Council also voted 8-1 in favour of asking the City Manager to implement mandatory masks in public areas of all City of Lethbridge facilities as soon as practicable, and be directed to prepare appropriate legislation, no later than Aug. 10, mandating the mandatory use of masks city-wide should it be required.

The decision by Council aims to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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The City of Calgary has implemented a bylaw in that city requiring the wearing of face coverings in all indoor public premises. Lethbridge City Council may discuss a similar temporary bylaw, for municipal purposes, respecting the safety, health and welfare of people, should the local numbers keep escalating.

Businesses may also choose to create and enforce their own policies in regards to mandatory face coverings.

(Files from City of Lethbridge)


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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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