‘We’re doing this for a cause:’ TTC riders are required to put on masks as of in the present day

Chris Fox, CP24.com

Printed Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:03AM EDT

Final Up to date Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:34PM EDT

TTC riders are actually required to put on masks when travelling on the system, one thing that Mayor John Tory says might be obligatory with a view to get folks to return to public transit in “higher numbers.”

The coverage was first introduced final month however solely took impact at midnight.

Although violators of the coverage may technically face a $195 tremendous, the TTC has stated that it has no plans handy out tickets as of now and can as an alternative work to teach riders in regards to the want for masks.

As a part of that effort, TTC staff might be handing out a million masks to riders over the approaching weeks and months and an commercial and social media marketing campaign is being launched within the 10 languages which might be most regularly spoken within the metropolis this week.

Anybody with a medical situation that makes it troublesome for them to put on a masks is exempted from the TTC’s coverage, as are all youngsters underneath two years of age.

“It’s a trouble and it’s not probably the most snug factor on the earth however we aren’t the primary to be doing this and we’re doing it for a cause and that’s so folks can keep wholesome,” Tory stated throughout a press convention at Kennedy Station on Thursday morning. “By my carrying a masks I defend you from getting something that I might need in my water droplets and my mouth and by you carrying a masks you defend me and that’s the discount that I believe we need to strike with one another.”

At one level throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the TTC noticed its ridership decline by 85 per cent however riders have been slowly returning to the system ever because the metropolis entered stage two of the province’s reopening plan.

In line with TTC CEO Rick Leary, bus ridership is now as much as 37 per cent of its typical ranges on weekdays and 40 per cent on weekends. He stated that subway and streetcar ridership stays underneath 20 per cent however is beginning to tick up as nicely.

The rise in ridership, nonetheless, has meant busier autos which have in flip made it harder to observe bodily distancing.

“After all we would like folks to make use of public transit and a part of what’s going to have folks use it in a assured method is having all the shoppers on the TTC put on a face protecting,” Tory stated, noting that it will be significant that every one riders “really feel secure” when on the system.

The launch of the TTC’s obligatory masks coverage comes because the company permits the return of all-door boarding and money funds, which had been each suspended on the peak of the pandemic.

Whereas the coverage has solely been in impact for just a few hours, Tory stated that he has been “heartened” by the variety of folks he has already seen carrying masks whereas on the system.

He stated that he want to see the TTC get to 90 per cent compliance as has been seen in a variety of of different cities, together with New York Metropolis.

“I’m hopeful that by the point we get just a few days into this we are going to see widespread compliance and there might be no want (for enforcement),” he stated. “Individuals will do the fitting factor as a result of it’s the proper factor to do versus us having handy out a bunch of tickets.”