OC Transpo ramping up mask enforcement blitz

The crackdown on people who are not wearing face masks on public transit will become harsher. Starting October 13, OC Transpo special constables will begin handing out tickets under the city’s temporary mandatory mask bylaw to people who are refusing to wear masks without a valid exemption.

OC Transpo started a two-week mask blitz on Friday, involving special constables checking for mask use at transit stations and on buses and the O-Train. When it was first announced, OC Transpo stated that anyone not wearing a mask without a valid exemption would be issued a written warning and given a disposable mask to wear.

Masks have been mandatory on OC Transpo since June 15, but this is the first time OC Transpo has been seriously responding to people who are not following the rules.

OC Transpo started a two-week mask blitz on Friday, involving special constables checking for mask use at transit stations and on buses and the O-Train.

OC Transpo Special Constables will now issue a fine of $260 to those customers not wearing a mask under the City’s mandatory mask policy and the Transit By-Law. Exemptions exist for young children and those who cannot wear masks due to a disability or another medical reason.

For more information about this story, click here.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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