It was a little over a week ago that Guelph Transit came out and announced that while they were letting more than 10 people ride buses, there were not requiring that everyone on those buses wear a mask. Just 10 days later, based on “updated advice” from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Transit is now saying that you have to wear a mask to ride the bus, unless you qualify for a couple of exceptions.
“We’ve seen more people wearing them voluntarily, and making them mandatory reinforces the latest advice from local health officials. I hope it helps reassure people who may have been uncertain about using transit,” said Colleen Clack in a statement. As deputy chief administrative officer of Public Services, Clack oversees Guelph Transit as one of her responsibilities.
So unless you’re under 5 years old, have difficulty breathing, or have some other medical reason that you can’t wear a mask, you will have to put one on when you get on a Guelph Transit bus. The mask must cover your mouth and your nose, but other than that you can wear any scarf, bandana, homemade or purchased mask that you see fit. For a limited time, the City will be providing masks if people forget one, or are unaware of the new condition. If you need a mask, you can simply ask the on-duty supervisor at Guelph Central Station.
The City of Guelph and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health are continuing to advise social distancing measures on the bus; whenever possible leave a seat between you and the next person, and use the hand sanitizer provided.
The City is currently in the process of installing plexiglass barriers on all buses in preparation for the expectant return of the collection of fares next month. A report being presented to city council on Wednesday will recommend that Guelph Transit start requiring a paid fare, ticket or pass to be able to ride the bus starting on July 6. People who bought a transit pass for March will get a free pass for the month of July, but the reinstatement of fares on Transit is contingent on ServiceGuelph re-opening.
Guelph Transit has been operating free to all Guelph citizens since March 17.