Barrie City Hall urging transit riders to don a mask before hopping on board

Request comes after provincial and federal governments suggested the same

The folks behind Barrie Transit are asking riders to start wearing a non-medical mask while aboard a city bus, following similar urgings from Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park.

Barrie Transit buses and facilities have been undergoing added cleaning and sanitization

“Following the provincial and federal announcements yesterday, we will begin a public education campaign to encourage riders to wear masks while using Barrie Transit,” reads a statement from Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Parking Strategy for the City of Barrie. Forsyth points out drivers have already been provided personal protective equipment. Plexiglass shields to separate the bus operator from passengers are expected to be installed soon.

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The wearing of masks builds on several previous steps the transit service has already taken to combat COVID-19; The City Of Barrie had previously begun daily sanitization of its buses and facilities, as well as the installation of hand sanitizer dispensers on individual buses. Passengers have been instructed to board at the rear of the bus for the driver’s safety, and each bus has a limited seating capacity to promote physical distancing.