COVID-19 ADVISORY/UPDATE – ALBERTA GOVERNMENT – MASK EXEMPTION REQUIREMENTS - MAY 13, 2021

Anyone unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition will require a medical exception letter from an authorized health professional. The medical exception letter may be presented when in a public setting if requested by enforcement officials, or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.


Workplace Requirements:

Masks are mandatory in all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home, except:

  • when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place

  • rental accommodations used solely for the purposes of a private residence

  • farm operations (exempt)

This requirement:

  • applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors

  • includes any location where employees are present in-person

  • includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk

  • does not change current student mask requirements in schools


Business Requirements:

  • Private businesses may set their own policies as long as they also meet the minimum provincial requirements. This can include requiring individuals to wear masks while attending their business.

  • Businesses and public places are encouraged to provide alternatives for patrons unable to wear masks, such as offering online orders, delivery or curbside pickup.


Exceptions Where Masks Requirements May Not Apply:

Private businesses may set their own policies as long as they also meet the minimum provincial requirements. This can include

  • When you are only with people from your own household

  • If you need assistance placing, using or removing a face mask

  • If you are unable to wear a facemask due to a medical condition

  • When consuming food or drink

  • If engaging in high intensity physical exercise

  • When providing or receiving care or assistance where a facemask would hinder that caregiving or assistance

  • When alone at a workstation separated by at least 2 metres from other people

  • When working in farm operations

  • If you are the subject of a workplace hazard assessment in which it is determined that your safety will be at risk if you wear a mask wh