BC Transit will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the province as of Aug. 24.
Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons. BC Transit recognizes the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.
While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.
Aug. 8 , 2020 update: examples of acceptable face coverings are available on BC Transit's website.