While a number of Vancouverites are still not practicing safe physical distancing, many others are doing whatever they can to keep themselves and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For high traffic areas, such as bus stops, TransLink has stated that it is adding decals across its system in order to show proper physical distancing.
Commencing next week, the transportation agencecy states that roughly half the seats on board buses will have signage installed to indicate that those seats are to be left vacant, which will allow for extra space between customers.
And while they aren't issuing tickets yet, Vancouver Police remind the public that, "Safety is our top priority." As such, you should manintain a distance of six feet apart.
Have a look at some of examples of physical distancing below.
We're adding decals across the system to make it easier to maintain physical distancing. pic.twitter.com/s0fRgXjWP1— TransLink BC (@TransLink) March 27, 2020
Transit ridership showing great physical distancing, to help keep the system safe and available for those providing us key services. Well done. Keep up the effort. @TransLink #PhysicalDistancing #COVID2019 pic.twitter.com/Bhnb1BjejF— Chief Dave Jones (@ChiefDJones) March 27, 2020
At 7pm, join us in showing gratitude and thanks to healthcare frontline employees by clapping and cheering from your door or patio @Fraserhealth @PaladinSecurity #SurreyMemorialHospital #FrontlineForTheFrontline pic.twitter.com/Kl6lzlumbo— Metro Vancouver Transit Police (@TransitPolice) March 25, 2020
Transit Police officers are working closely (but not too closely) with frontline @TransLink staff. If you aren’t able to stay home and need to be on transit, we are here to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. Text 87.77.77 if you need Transit Police. pic.twitter.com/TWqyOljvtf— Metro Vancouver Transit Police (@TransitPolice) March 24, 2020
Social distancing line up to get into London Drugs pic.twitter.com/u1cZuN5NZp— Michelle L (@AlbinoMouse) March 27, 2020
Safety is our top priority. We must continue to practice social distancing & keep 6ft apart. Please be advised, #VPD is not issuing tickets or taking calls related to social distancing. For concerns about social distancing, please contact the @CityofVancouver by dialing 3-1-1.— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) March 26, 2020
TransLink states that it will also issue partial refunds to customers who purchased monthly passes and aren't using them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The transportation agency confirms in an email that customers will be able to get a partial refund on their monthly Compass Card pass for March. However, they'll have to put forward a request in order to receive the refund.