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Mom horrified at Burnaby bus ‘crammed’ with people not wearing masks

Should TransLink do more to limit how many people are on a bus?
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This crammed TransLink bus leaving Burnaby included multiple people not wearing masks over their nose and mouth.

A local mom is furious about the lack of physical distancing and lack of masks on some forms of transit, including a Burnaby bus route her son must use every day when he goes to work.

Sharon (not her real name as she doesn’t want people to know her son’s identity) shared a photo with the NOW of a bus that leaves the Lougheed SkyTrain station bus loop in Burnaby and heads west towards Richmond, where her son works.

In the photo, people are clearly seen not wearing masks and they are in tight quarters – making physical distancing impossible.

“It’s horrifying to see this and think of my son being forced to have to be there,” Sharon said. “Sometimes he waits for several buses to go by to get one that is emptier, but then they fill up.”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has pleaded with the public to maintain physical distance and there is a public health order about wearing masks in indoor public spaces, but Sharon says that’s impossible if TransLink won’t do more to limit how many people are allowed on a bus.

“I called TransLink and told the person about this situation and they were like blah, blah, ‘we take this seriously,’” Sharon said. “Clearly they don’t because this happens every single day. I want my son to stay healthy and this isn’t helping.”

Some of the people in the photo had masks, but were wearing them under their chin, Sharon said.

“I don’t understand why people won’t help protect others,” Sharon said.