Starting July 1, TransLink says masks will move from being mandatory to "recommended" on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system.
The change follows Tuesday's (June 29) announcement that B.C. will move into Step 3 of its four-step restart plan.
Masks will no longer be required in public indoor settings in B.C. However, they are recommended for anyone who hasn't been fully vaccinated.
TransLink encourages customers to continue wearing masks on transit as a "precautionary measure to protect themselves, fellow customers, and our employees," explains a news release.
Customers may notice a delay in TransLink's signage as it updates decals recommending masks across the transit system starting July 1.
TransLink first instated the mandatory mask policy in August 2020. Prior to that, the company handed out over 15,000 branded masks at key transit hubs as part of the ‘Wearing is Caring’ campaign.
The transportation authority will continue to follow the guidance of experts and senior levels of government. The company emphasizes that Metro Vancouver's public transit system has been a safe way to move around the region during the pandemic. "We will continue to follow our safe operating guidelines, which includes increased cleaning, improved sanitization measures and thorough ventilation on our vehicles."
As the economy gradually reopens, TransLink adds that it is ready to support B.C.’s "Restart Plan" and welcome customers back to its transit system.