Some individuals are calling for more education and empathy when it comes to the city’s mandatory mask bylaw.
A Calgary woman with a mental health condition prevents her from wearing a face mask in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a letter from her psychologist stating that due to her anxiety and PTSD from childhood trauma, wearing a face-covering would be detrimental to her mental health. Although she is not required to provide proof of her exemption, she does not leave the house without it for fear she will be harassed for not having a mask on.
The bylaw of Calgary requires residents to wear a mask in indoor public places and on public transit. The bylaw has several exemptions, including those with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask. Those who are exempt are not required to provide proof of their medical condition or disability.
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