News Releases   |   August 15, 2020

Wearing a Mask Will be Required On Public Transit Starting August 24th

People with underlying conditions can get exemption cards.

Source: Narcity Vancouver

Metro Vancouver’s transit authority, Translink, announced on Thursday, August 6, that wearing face masks on Vancouver transit will soon become mandatory. 

Courtesy of: Town of Mount Royal

The petition urging stricter pandemic safety on public transit that was signed by 450 people was finally heard. “We should NOT have to feel unsafe using an essential service,” wrote Kelsey Rae, who started the petition.

The regulation goes into effect starting Monday, August 24, according to the news release, so you have a little bit of time to get yourself a mask. 

People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities won’t be asked to wear a mask. They have the option to request a TransLink-branded exemption card. 

Children under the age of five and first responders or employees attending an emergency also don’t need to wear a face covering. 

Though Transit Police have the power to enforce the rule, the release stated that they’re going to be focusing on educating the riders initially. 

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