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Going mask-free on Metro Vancouver transit could come with $115 fine

Click to play video: 'Metro Vancouver transit police not enforcing mask order until now' Metro Vancouver transit police not enforcing mask order until now
Metro Vancouver Transit Police say they haven't been enforcing the mask mandate on transit until now, because they had no written order from the provincial government. As Richard Zussmam reports, it's an information gap many other sectors say they've been struggling with – Sep 2, 2021

With B.C.’s COVID-19 mask mandate back in place, Metro Vancouver Transit Police are warning riders that failure to mask up could come with a $115 fine.

Transit police say they’re “awaiting further guidance” from the province about what enforcement mechanisms they’ll have.

Read more: B.C. brings back mandatory masks in public indoor spaces for entire province

But in the meantime, police say TransLink has reinstated its own mask rule, which authorizes officers to issue the tickets under the Greater Vancouver Transit Safety Regulation.

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Police search for man who urinated on floor of B.C. Dairy Queen after mask dispute – Aug 31, 2021

B.C. reimplemented a province-wide mask mandate on Aug. 25, amid rising cases driven by the now dominant and highly-contagious Delta variant.

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It applies to retail stores and malls, public buildings, public transportation, restaurants and pubs (unless seated) and common areas of a number of buildings.

The move comes amid unanswered questions about how B.C. will enforce its newest COVID-19 restriction, the proof-of-immunization vaccine card program which begins Sept. 13.

Read more: Man wanted for urinating on floor of a B.C. Dairy Queen after refusing to wear mask

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Masks are a must once again in all B.C. public indoor settings – Aug 26, 2021

Police unions have already warned that they are under-resourced to address a potential uptick in calls related to disputes over the vaccine passport, and some businesses say they’re worried front-line workers will be left to handle abuse.

On Monday, Health Minister Adrian Dix acknowledged there would be issues around enforcement, but said the province would “work through these issues with all of our partners to make sure that this is a success.”

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