BC Transit to mandate use of face coverings from August 24

BC Transit mandates masks

Starting August 24, BC Transit will require all transit passengers to wear face coverings on buses, in partnership with TransLink and other transportation agencies. 

The new rule will apply province-wide in a concerted effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia.

"While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement," reads the announcement. 

Children under the age of five and people who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons will be treated with special accommodations.  

“Across British Columbia, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rooted in public health," says Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

"Public transit continues to be an essential service that people rely on, and we appreciate the work of our transit operators to keep these services running throughout the pandemic response and recovery. Knowing your fellow bus passengers will also be wearing a non-surgical mask or face covering will help boost people’s confidence in choosing transit while contributing to a welcoming and safe environment on our buses.”

The change comes as a result of advice from health professionals regarding the use of masks where physical distancing is not possible, and requests from customers. 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she agrees with the move, and believes it is another step to ensure safety for all. 

“Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit's decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that's comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time. I do and I expect others to as well.”

For more details about the policy and COVID-19 response, visit the website

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