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Face masks now recommended on transit in Metro Vancouver

Face masks now recommended on transit in Metro Vancouver

Person wearing a mask riding the bus

As of July 1, masks will move from being mandatory to recommended on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system. Following guidance from BC’s Provincial Health Officer, this change coincides with Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, which removes the requirement for masks in indoor settings across the province.

Although masks are no longer mandatory on transit, they are still recommended. Customers are still encouraged to continue wearing masks on transit as a precautionary measure to protect themselves, fellow customers, and our employees. 

TransLink will continue to follow the guidance of experts and senior levels of government. We are working closely with our Provincial Health Officer, Transport Canada, and WorkSafeBC, to ensure we continue to meet all safety and regulatory requirements.

We want to thank all of our customers who have continued to use transit throughout the pandemic. Riding the system has enabled us to keep operating at near pre-pandemic levels of service to help keep you moving.

Further, as we suspend the mandatory mask policy, we want to thank our customers for complying with the policy to ensure that everyone on transit has been as safe as possible.

Due to the diligence of our customers and staff, transit has been a safe and reliable way to get around our region throughout the pandemic. We will continue to follow our safe operating guidelines, which include increased cleaning, improved sanitization measures, and thorough ventilation on our vehicles.

As our economy gradually reopens, TransLink is ready to support BC’s Restart Plan and we’re excited to welcome customers back to our world-class transit system. Our system will return to 100% of pre-pandemic operating levels on July 1st.

Customers may notice a delay in our signage as we update decals recommending masks across our transit system starting July 1.



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