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Halfway up the ramp to our OMNIMAX® Theatre, Vancouver bus drivers Manni and Varinder reflect on the evolution of passenger-capacity limits and seating instructions for all city busses since March 2020.
Most recently, Translink has mandated masks or face coverings starting August 24, which both Manni and Varinder agree is a great decision for everyone’s safety, and a rule they appreciate deeply as bus drivers who share enclosed spaces with the public for several hours a day.
The biggest professional shift for both men since the pandemic hit BC has been learning how to strike a balance between driving a bus and fielding requests from passengers who see them as authority figures who can direct riders' behaviours.
Manni says, “Of course, we can make recommendations, but we can’t enforce them.”