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Should mask-wearing be mandatory for Calgary Transit riders?

Last Updated Jun 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm MDT

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks on a platform at the McKnight-Westwinds station on June 30, 2020. (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As Toronto moves to mandate masks for transit riders this week, should Calgary do the same?

We’re not there yet, says Mayor Naheed Nenshi, but the city isn’t ruling it out.

He’s encouraging all riders to wear masks if you’re taking public transit.

“I’m hearing bad stories from transit riders about other transit riders who are not respecting physical distancing and you can’t if the bus or the train is full. Particularly with low levels of mask-wearing.”

While it is not mandated in Calgary, Nenshi says it may come to that soon.

“If we don’t see compliance in the 60, 70 per cent range, then we are going to have a very serious discussion about mandating it.”

Nenshi dismisses talk that masks make you look weak, saying it does the exact opposite. Wearing one shows you’re willing to help others even if masks don’t help you much.

Starting Canada Day, front door boarding will reopen on buses, and the transit MyFare app will launch, letting people use their phones to buy tickets and avoid contact with high touch surfaces.

In Toronto, all transit users will be required to wear masks as of July 2. Exemptions will be made for children under two years of age, those who have medical considerations or for anyone unable to put on or take off a face covering.

Toronto City Council is also debating on whether masks should be mandatory for all indoor settings.

 

-With files from CityNews Toronto