For Doug Ford, political science trumps medical science when it comes to masks on transit - 2020-07-04
The premier opted out of province-wide masking on the grounds that the epidemiology and enforceability were complicated. He passed the buck to municipal governments, but when it comes to Ontario's regional transit system — Metrolinx and GO — the buck stops with Ford.
Metrolinx, always reluctant to rock the boat with its rolling stock, says it is abiding by provincial norms while flouting municipal rules that require masks indoors. A Ministry of Health spokesperson, jumping through hoops, notes that masks are surely optimal but strictly optional.
In ordinary times, such political footsie would be merely impenetrable. In pandemic times, it is inexcusable.