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Masks on transit, leaving contact info part of 'new normal' in B.C.: health minister

FILE - A passenger wears a facemask on a bus Friday May 15, 2020 in Montreal. The Quebec government announced it will give $6 million to buy masks for transit users and in harder-hit areas of the city.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Health minister explains some actions are part of the 'new normal' in B.C. to keep everyone safe

Wearing masks on transit, leaving contact info at restaurants will help prevent spread of COVID-19, says Adrian Dix

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Leaving contact information at restaurants is not too much to ask to keep everyone safe, according to B.C.’s health minister.

Adrian Dix says people reluctant to wear a mask on a bus or leave their contact information at a restaurant need to consider the consequences of letting numbers spike as they have elsewhere.

“These small actions, physical distancing, is what we owe to one another to help prevent the spread of the virus. What we owe to one another to return –not to the old normal, but to a new normal. What we owe to one another to help one another in a very difficult time,” he says.

While some people suggest their privacy may be violated if they have to leave contact information at a restaurant, Dix explains it is necessary in case there is an outbreak.

“It’s not a question of rights, but a question of our obligation to one another as human beings in an extraordinarily difficult time and I ask people, with all my heart, to be generous and cooperative and open-hearted with one another –to be kind,” says Adrian Dix.

“These measures are modest and useful and necessary. Just today in Ontario and Quebec, they announced 113 more deaths in just those two provinces. Hundreds of thousands of people have died around the world.”

As of Thursday, 152 people have died from COVID-19 in B.C.