Ottawa to become 1st Canadian city to make masks 'mandatory' on transit

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, June 1, 2020

Ottawa will become the first city in Canada to officially require passengers and staff on its public transit system to wear masks, but no one will be barred from boarding a bus or train if they're not.

In a 10-1 vote Monday afternoon, the city's transit commission approved OC Transpo's plan to make mandatory the wearing of non-medical masks or some other sort of face covering. Only citizen commissioner Michael Olsen, who said he believes mask-wearing should be voluntary, voted against the initiative.

However, for what is being billed as a mandatory program, there appears to be little to no enforcement planned.

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