BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the province as of August 24.
Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.
BC Transit recognizes the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.
“The implementation of a mandatory mask policy is in response to feedback from our customers,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased to have the support of TransLink, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Province of BC to implement this policy that will make transit more comfortable for our customers.”
While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.
BC Transit will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.
The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here: bctransit.com/together-we-ride
BC Transit and local government representatives are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer.
For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit bctransit.com or call your local transit office.