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But looking through the windows of the trains rolling by at McKnight-Westwinds station on Tuesday, he said it was clear that there weren’t enough people wearing masks.
“If we don’t see compliance in the 60, 70 per cent range, then we’re going to have a very serious discussion about mandating,” he said.
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health recommends wearing a non-medical mask or face covering anywhere that it might be difficult to keep at least two metres away from other people. Masks don’t necessarily protect the wearer from the new coronavirus, but they can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets that might carry the virus.
Nenshi said buses and trains, where people can end up in close quarters, can be a “danger spot” for COVID-19, but before the city steps in, he’s “encouraging Calgarians to do the right thing first.” Free masks are available at A&W, McDonalds and Tim Hortons drive-thrus in Alberta, and the city has also been handing them out at CTrain stations.
Mahar said he’s in favour of mandatory masks on the transit system.
“I would be much more comfortable … because then it would provide a level of safety,” he said.