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Lethbridge County passes temporary mask-wearing bylaw

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Lethbridge County is joining the City of Lethbridge, Town of Taber, and other southern Alberta communities when it comes to a face covering bylaw.

During a special meeting on Friday (Dec. 4), Lethbridge County Council approved a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

“We are concerned with the continuing rise in cases in and around Lethbridge County,” says Reeve Lorne Hickey.

Bylaw 20-024 – Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings is effective immediately and requires that masks or face coverings be worn in all indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public places and public vehicles within Lethbridge County.

Violations of the bylaw are subject to a $100 fine.  Lethbridge County’s intent is to encourage mask use and rely on public cooperation rather than enforcement.

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“Council feels that by enacting this temporary face coverings bylaw we can enhance our efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Regardless of your personal opinions about masking, please let’s treat each other with respect and kindness. Have patience with businesses and workers as they adjust to the bylaw and be courteous to each other. This is a difficult time for everyone, and we must remember that we are all in this fight together against COVID-19,” said Reeve Lorne Hickey in a news release.

Exceptions to the new masking bylaw in Lethbridge County include children under 10 or people with a medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to safely wear a mask.

Meanwhile, the Town of Coaldale decided Thursday not to institute a bylaw. This was the second time in a month the issue has been discussed.

The Town says it will continue to instead emphasize current public health measures and guidelines as provided by Alberta Health.

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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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