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Mask mandate lifted for Metro Vancouver transit

Mask mandate lifted for Metro Vancouver transit

A customer sits on the bus looking at her phone

In alignment with provincial health orders, masks will no longer be mandatory on most TransLink services effective midnight tonight. This change is consistent with the Provincial Health Officer’s decision to repeal the public health order requiring masks in public spaces. TransLink customers and employees are welcome to continue wearing masks on-board transit vehicles and at transit stations, depending on their own level of comfort.

Masks are still mandatory for customers and employees on HandyDART. The Provincial Health Officer still requires masks in medical settings and many customers using this service are travelling to and from medical appointments. We will consult with HandyDART customers and stakeholders, and work with the Provincial Health Office to identify when the appropriate time would be to lift this requirement.

We are following the guidance of British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer. We are also working closely with Transport Canada and WorkSafeBC, to ensure we are meeting all safety and regulatory requirements across all modes of our transit system.

Customers may notice mandatory mask-related signage on the system after the mandate has lifted as it will take some time for crews to completely remove.

We are ready to welcome customers back to our world-class transit system as our economy reopens. We will continue increased cleaning and improved sanitization on vehicles with thorough ventilation.