As you may have heard, on July 21 the Calgary city council voted to make wearing masks or similar face coverings mandatory in indoor public settings, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
With this in mind, CommunityWise is also implementing a new rule for people who access the building. Effective August 1, 2020 everyone who enters the CommunityWise building must be wearing a mask or similar face covering which covers the mouth, nose and chin, and forms a barrier to limit the transmission of infectious respiratory droplets.
Masks must be worn in all common and shared areas of the building including the front foyer, by the mail boxes, kitchens, hallways and stairwells. While wearing a mask in your offices is not mandatory, it is highly recommended whenever it is difficult to maintain the appropriate physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet or 2 metres.
If someone arrives without a mask, CommunityWise has masks available in the foyer. These are in limited supply. It is greatly encouraged that people bring their own and if needed only take one of the masks available in the foyer, for use while inside the building. These masks are single use, and must be put into the garbage when the wearer is done using it.
This new guideline applies to everyone who accesses the building, and members are responsible for ensuring that their staff, volunteers and consultants/contractors wear a mask or face covering when they are inside the building.
Even with this new rule, it is important that you s tay home if you are sick; if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms; or if you have been in contact with someone who has received a COVID-19 diagnosis. Anyone who is experiencing cold-like symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath MUST NOT be in the building.
Your cooperation with this new rule is a vital part of helping to keep our community safe and healthy, and is greatly appreciated.