Town Council Listens to Public Feedback; Rejects Mask Bylaw Proposal

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With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, Town Council revisited the idea of adopting a mandatory mask bylaw in Coaldale at the October 26, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. In preparation for this discussion, Council and Administration consulted with community members and business owners to collect feedback on a potential mask bylaw in order to make an informed decision.

The Coaldale Chamber of Commerce canvassed their membership on the subject and provided the results of their survey to Town Administration for presentation at the meeting. The Chamber’s survey showed 77.4% of respondents preferring that a mask bylaw not be adopted in Coaldale at this time, generally preferring that individual businesses be allowed to make that decision for themselves.

“We've been working closely with the Coaldale Chamber of Commerce on this and felt that their reach and presence in the business community was the best available tool for eliciting quick feedback on this issue,” said Cameron Mills, Manager of Economic Development for the Town. “We appreciate the work that they put in to help Council make this decision.”

In an effort to extend the discussion to the general public, Coaldale Councillor Briane Simpson posted an informal poll for information to her Facebook page on October 21, 2020. These survey results closely resembled that of the Chamber of Commerce feedback, with 86.1% of respondents stating they would prefer to remain without a mask bylaw. The full summary report presented at the Council Meeting including the raw comments and responses can be found HERE

The feedback collected by Council and Administration directly influenced Council’s decision to reject a mask bylaw by a 6-1 vote.