Gurdeep Pandher wants to do one thing: spread love and joy, and get you to wear a mask on transit.
Okay, so two things.
Hailing from the small town of Siahar, India, Pandher moved to Canada in 2006 and settled in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he started teaching bhangra classes. Now, better known as Gurdeep Pandher of Yukon, he uses his skills to bring Canadians together and spread happiness.
But now he’s in Vancouver and dancing with an extra message, wear a mask.
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To help spread the word he’s teamed up with TransLink to help get the word out.
But for Pandher, spreading a message doesn’t just mean explaining why it’s a good idea, it involves bhangra, lots of it.
In a new video released by TransLink, Pandher is seen dancing through some spectacular Canadian natural scenery, but when he leaves the majesty of nature behind and dancing his way through stations, buses, and more of TransLink’s infrastructure, he dawns a face covering.
“For those who are not wearing face masks on transit, I would say that please do it. Wearing masks is very important,” Pandher said in the video. “It’s important for your health, it’s as important for people sitting beside you. And if we keep everybody, including ourselves safe, we can create a healthy society which will benefit all of us. ”
Not only is this a good idea, but TransLink is also making masks mandatory for all passengers starting Monday, August 24.
The decision to implement the new policy was made because “physical distancing is not always going to be possible on transit, particularly once more riders return to the system,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
When it comes to enforcement of the new policy, TransLink said that although Transit Police will be able to enforce a rule or signage requiring face coverings on transit, “the initial focus of this policy will be on awareness and education.”
With files from Simran Singh and Eric Zimmer.