Since March, Guelph Transit has gone to extraordinary measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by having people board and exit the bus at the rear door, blocking off seats for physical distancing, making the bus free, and limiting riders to 10 at a time. Starting Monday though one of those conditions will change. As the economy continues to re-open, and more people will depend on the bus again, more than 10 people will soon be able to ride at a time again.
Starting Monday June 8, Guelph Transit buses will no longer be limiting buses to 10 riders at a time. The move is being made with the advice of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, but they are suggesting that anyone taking the bus now, and in the future, should where a mask. “As the buses get busy again, physical distancing may not always be possible. We’re asking riders to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Guelph Transit general manager Robin Gerus in a statement.
The press release from Guelph Transit noted that they are not *requiring* riders to wear masks, but they are strongly encouraging them. Masks have not conclusively been proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they have been effective in protecting other people from getting COVID-19 from those who are wearing masks.
“It’s becoming more common to wear a mask on public transit in other cities, but it’s new for Guelph. Some riders may not be aware of or understand the latest guidelines from health officials. Some may not have resources to purchase or make a mask, or they may have a medical reason for not wearing one,” added Gerus. “Everyone is welcome to use Guelph Transit, and we’re asking people to protect and respect each other as ridership increases.”
All other conditions for riding Guelph Transit will remain in place for the time being; people will continue to board and exit the backdoor, service will continue to run on a Saturday schedule, and transit service will continue to be free to the public until June 30. As of right now, all City of Guelph facilities are closed until July 6, and all programming and events at those same facilities are cancelled until September 8.
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