Passengers urged to wear face masks while riding TransLink

May 21 2020, 11:09 am

While face masks and coverings are not required onboard public transit, they are being strongly encouraged by BC’s provincial health officer.

Moving forward, TransLink is anticipated to see increased ridership across its system from the reopening of businesses, services, and attractions as a result of BC’s plan to gradually restart the economy starting this week.

Face masks and coverings are meant to be an added tool for passengers to help protect themselves from COVID-19, on top of the practice of physical distancing.

“Public Health and WorkSafeBC are working with transit agencies to ensure all reasonable steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, it’s clear that maintaining a safe physical distance may not be possible in every situation,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

“We recommend all passengers consider wearing a face covering while using public transit, especially during those instances where physical distancing may not be possible. We also ask the public to be patient during this challenging transition period and we are grateful to British Columbia’s transit agencies for doing everything possible to protect the public during these changing times.”

The recommendation for face masks and coverings are amongst a number of new physical distancing protocols on SkyTrain and enhanced sanitization measures announced by TransLink today. For more information, click here.