Today masks have become mandatory for all BC Transit and BC Ferry riders. While a limited supply of masks will be available to some riders, it is best to supply your own face mask. Riders who refuse to comply with the policy may be subject to fines up to $150. Children under 5 or anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask will be exempt.
On August 12, Walmart made masks mandatory in all its Canadian stores. T & T Supermarkets have required masks since May. Starting Saturday August 29th, Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills will require all customers to wear a mask upon entry to their stores. Children and people unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are exempt.
As more companies and organizations make masks mandatory, it is important to check for updates. Many individual stores and personal services businesses, such as hair salons, already require customers to wear a mask. If you do not already wear a mask while in indoor public spaces, it may be helpful to carry a mask with you in case you are asked to cover your face.