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 beginning Monday, August 24.
Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of five years old and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons. Customers will be expected to supply their own face covering for their transit journey.
“We recognize 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,” according to a BC Transit statement. “Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.”
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.
“We have been working hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy through promotion and signage,” according to the statement. “We will continue to work with our local government partners 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
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.