March 11, 2022

Masks are no longer mandatory on transit

Update: March 11, 2022

The Provincial Health Officer has ended the mandatory mask order for indoor public places, including on transit, as of 12:01am this morning. As a result, face coverings are no longer required on transit and there will be no mask enforcement by Transit Police. Read the TransLink media release for details.

Update: September 2, 2021

Anyone who fails to wear a mask while using public transit may be subject to a $115 fine.

Update: August 24, 2021

As a result of the latest mandate from the Provincial Government reinstating mask-use in all indoor public places, customers must wear masks while using public transit beginning Wednesday, August 25. This includes while boarding or waiting for transit at any indoor or sheltered stations and stops.

Update: July 1, 2021

As of July 1, masks are no longer mandatory on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system, but remain recommended. This change is due to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, which removes the requirement for masks in indoor settings across the province. Transit users are encouraged to continue wearing masks on they system as a precautionary measure to protect themselves, fellow passengers, and TransLink employees.

As the Ministerial Order requiring face coverings on transit is no longer in effect, Transit Police is no longer enforcing masks on transit.

Update: November 26, 2020

On November 19, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General mandated that facial coverings be worn in all indoor public places.

The Ministerial Order exempts persons from wearing masks in some circumstances. The full order can be found here: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/m0425_2020

Transit Police will enforce the Ministerial Order and can issue fines of $230, subject to the exemptions set out in the provincial order.

We ask customers not to attempt to enforce the Ministerial Order themselves but rather to contact either TransLink Customer Information or Transit Police. Your report will help us determine where to deploy resources as Transit Police enforces the Provincial Order.

Posted on August 21, 2020

Starting on Monday, August 24, everyone on board a transit vehicle will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police supports TransLink’s current approach focused on education and not enforcement. Enforcement action may be considered at a later date once the impact of the new mandatory mask rule is seen.

Details of the new policy can be seen here: https://new.translink.ca/rider-guide/coronavirus-precautions

Questions or comments regarding the policy can be directed here: https://new.translink.ca/feedback

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