Banff town council approved a motion Friday to expand its mandatory outdoor mask bylaw to include Bear Street.
The bylaw, which requires residents and visitors wear masks while strolling the 100 and 200 blocks of Banff Avenue, came into effect July 31. The area is temporarily closed to traffic, creating a pedestrian-only area.
The new inclusion of Bear Street is effective immediately. It was a motion by Councillor Ted Christensen, who suggested construction along Bear Street has narrowed the sidewalks, leaving users little room to social distance.
Council also voted to extend the closure of Banff Ave. to traffic until Sept. 18.
It also discussed the idea of expanding the mask bylaw to include the entire downtown core, but the idea hasn’t been supported by council.
Parks Canada says so far no tickets have been handed out under the bylaw. Free masks are offered by town ambassadors, who remind those not in compliance.
– With files from Adam MacVicor