media release courtesy The City of Barrie
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has declared the Barrie Transit workplace outbreak over. All buses are running. The workplace outbreak was declared on April 15 because of a possible link between two Barrie Transit staff who tested positive for COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Barrie Transit has taken extra precautions to keep employees and riders safe and continues to follow the direction of the Health Unit. These measures include:
- plexiglass shield around the driver
- at least six feet of space between the driver and the first seat on the bus
- enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles
- requirement for masks in public areas
- hand sanitizers on all vehicles
- capacity limitations to support physical distancing
- active screening of all employees completed on a daily basis
- protocols in place that eliminates the requirement for physical contact between drivers and riders
All buses are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after service each day and receive additional mid-day sanitization to further improve safety measures.
We remind everyone using Barrie Transit to follow public health measures to keep everyone safe, including staying home when sick, wearing a mask in indoor public places, including on public transit, washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, staying two metres apart from other riders when possible, and getting tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms.