A confrontation about mask-wearing onboard a TransLink bus between a driver and a passenger was captured on video this week.
According to the person who posted the video, the incident took place around 3 am and, as indicated by the video’s geo-tag, near Kingsgate Mall.
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“Around 3 am I boarded the bus ahead of three young guys, took a seat and then recorded this scene,” writes the poster, Paul Speers. “I didn’t jump in right away, but as the verbal tirade intensified and was clearly one sided, I decided to speak up for the guys.”
Speers writes that he takes “a stand for common decency when I’m out in public, but I try to pick my battles.”
Nevertheless, “while riding transit I have intervened on many occasions to put a stop to assault, unwanted touching/creeping, heckling, gross vulgarity, and racist ramblings.”
This incident, however, “was the first time confronting a bus driver for their behaviour.”
Under the provincial order, face masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in a number of indoor public settings, including:
- malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
- liquor and drug stores;
- airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
- restaurants, pubs and bars;
- places of public worship;
- on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
- common areas of office buildings, court houses, hospitals and hotels;
- common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
- common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.
And this week, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced that anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to comply with the direction of an enforcement officer may be subject to a $230 fine.
A TransLink spokesperson also told Daily Hive they have identified the driver in the video, and are now “investigating the incident.”