Masks on transit!

It's not hard to find face masks anymore, nor are they expensive. And TransLink has handed out thousands of them for free. Why then, when we're trying to stop the spread of a deadly virus, are the MAJORITY of public transit riders not wearing one? It disgusts me. I take the bus every day, and on countless occasions I've been the only passenger wearing a mask out of about ten others. In those cases, I feel like taking the damn thing off — but I don't, because I know that I'm doing my part, and the world needs more of that. And I'm clinging to the hope that by wearing a mask, maybe I'll inspire at least one other transit user to do the responsible, respectful, and intelligent thing. Get it together, folks.

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It’s incredible

Jun 30, 2020 at 4:29pm

I agree with you. I’ve noticed that I’m often the only person wearing a mask in some store too. I think people have become very complacent around here. Possibly because BC’s done such a good job at keeping this pandemic under control. They’re missing the point that if we relax too much too soon we’ll be right back at square one.

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I agree

Jun 30, 2020 at 5:09pm

So disrespectful to other riders. I automatically think you’re an asshole (men and women) when you don’t cover up.

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ooshpick

Jul 1, 2020 at 7:42am

thanks for the reminder.

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100 percent

Jul 1, 2020 at 3:15pm

When I pass someone else who is wearing one, I give them space and say 'Thank you for being so considerate'. However when someone gets into my bubble, without a mask, it's 'HEY, 6 FEET PLEASE' and they're usually good about jumping the f* away. Harder on transit.

The masks are great though – it's a fantastic way to tell who cares more about others than themselves (toddlers and those who can't wear masks aside). Please give them some love, by thanking them aloud for being good humans. Others will catch on.

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Trans link employees don’t wear them

Jul 2, 2020 at 7:32am

The other day on the 22nd street skytrain platform, I saw 3 trans link employees chatting and laughing in close proximity NOT wearing masks. Lots of hypocrisy these last few months.

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Anonymous

Jul 3, 2020 at 1:40pm

Name some places to get masks without ordering them online. A lot of people somehow can't afford to use a Compass card, so use change instead - not even tapping a much more convenient credit card, presumably because they don't HAVE a credit card. Do you think these people can order masks online? Or would think to? And sure, TransLink gave out masks, but not to every person who uses the system. I used it every day pre-COVID, but I've been home ever since so I certainly don't have one of their masks, nor was I told which station I could pick one up at, so I struggle to expect these casual transit riders who don't have credit cards to own one.

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