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Making masks mandatory on B.C. transit back on the table

Push for mandatory masks on Metro Vancouver transit
WATCH: Translink may be one step closer to making masks mandatory on public transit. Julia Foy reports.

The issue of mandating masks on public transit in B.C. is still up for debate.

On Tuesday, B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she has been in contact with TransLink and they will be looking at the issue of making masks mandatory “in detail.”

Should TransLink be more proactive about mandatory masks on Metro Vancouver buses and Skytrain?
Should TransLink be more proactive about mandatory masks on Metro Vancouver buses and Skytrain?

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In June, TransLink launched the Wearing is Caring campaign and handed out thousands of masks, urging riders to wear a face-covering while on transit or waiting for transit.

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But it is still not mandatory for people to wear a mask.

Read more: Coronavirus: BC Ferries passengers must now have face coverings when on board

Some cities have decided otherwise, with Toronto being the largest in Canada to mandate masks on transit.

Henry said in mid-July that everyone riding transit should be wearing a mask. “Everybody who can,” she added.

TransLink hands out 15,000 face masks in ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign
TransLink hands out 15,000 face masks in ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign