TransLink reminds transit riders that masks are still recommended

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      TransLink has reminded Metro Vancouver transit riders that even though the mandatory indoor mask requirement has been removed as part of Step 3 in B.C.'s retart plan, masks are still officially recommended.

      In a June 29 news bulletin released before the July 1 provincewide pandemic-response changes came into effect, the transportation authority said the recommendation is made to better enable it to protect riders and staff.

      "Customers are encouraged to continue wearing masks on transit as a precautionary measure to protect themselves, fellow customers, and our employees," the release stated.  

      "TransLink will continue to follow the guidance of experts and senior levels of  government. We are working closely with our provincial health officials, Transport  Canada, and WorkSafeBC to ensure we are meeting all safety and regulatory  requirements. 

      "Transit has been a safe and reliable way to get around our region throughout the  pandemic," the bulletin continued. "We will continue to follow our safe operating guidelines, which includes  increased cleaning, improved sanitization measures and thorough ventilation on our  vehicles."

      The authority further stated that signage announcing the recommendation across the system might be delayed.