B.C. Transit bus passengers asked to wear masks

B.C. Transit is recommending passengers wear masks on buses as the province begins to open back up.

The transit provider said it is implementing new measures to align with B.C.’s Restart Plan and to keep transit secure and available for those who need it.

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Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of buses will continue, and protective barriers are being installed to protect bus drivers, B.C. Transit said. Passengers are urged to stay off transit if they are sick, to travel at non-peak times and to wear a non-medical mask or face-covering while waiting or onboard buses.

Starting June 1, passengers will be asked to board at the front of the bus and exit through the rear doors, B.C. Transit said. People with mobility aids will be allowed to exit through the front doors. B.C. Transit will start collecting fares again on June 1.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said public health and WorkSafe B.C. officials are working with transit agencies to ensure safe travel but they recognize that staying two metres apart may be difficult.

“We recommend all passengers consider wearing a face-covering while using public transit, especially during those instances where physical distancing may not be possible,” Henry said in a statement Thursday.


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