Castanet stopped by a Kamloops bus loop to ask riders how they feel about the $230 no-mask fine

Thoughts on $230 mask fine

British Columbians can receive a $230 fine for not wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces, the province announced last week.

BC Transit updated its mandatory mask policy following an incident in Vancouver, where a driver got into a verbal dispute with a man who was not wearing a mask on the bus.

Yesterday morning (Dec. 1), RCMP and BC Transit were at the Lansdowne bus loop in Kamloops reminding riders that masks are mandatory both at stops and while on the bus. 

Alongside receiving a free mask, transit users were reminded they could receive a $230 fine if unmasked while waiting for the bus or while riding it. 

The friendly reminder is part of BC Transit's Face Covering Awareness Campaign

Castanet stopped by the bus loop to ask seven riders how they feel about the new $230 fine.

Riders had mixed feelings.

"It doesn't really bother me, I sort of just wear it anyways," says one man.

"It's stupid. It's really stupid," expressed another man. 

Despite the mixed feelings, everyone Castanet spoke with showed up with a mask in hand. According to a BC Transit representative, almost 100 per cent of the people that were greeted by police Tuesday already had a mask.

On Thursday (Dec. 3) at 8 a.m., another awareness campaign will be taking place at the North Shore transit exchange in Kamloops.

No word yet when the Face Covering Awareness Campaign will hit other cities.

"At this point, we are in the planning stage for potential future stops and handouts in other transit systems, so nothing to confirm at this point," says Jamie Weiss, a BC Transit spokesperson. 

Mask exemptions are made for people with health conditions. For more information, click here

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