Number of Barrie Transit workers who have tested positive for COVID climbs again

Total of nine positive cases

Barrie Transit is expecting a temporary reduction in frequency on several routes as the number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 has hit nine following two more positive cases.

“Our service provider continues to work with the health unit, and at this time these cases have not been linked,” said city transit director Brent Forsyth.

Last week, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit declared a workplace outbreak because of a possible link between two earlier cases.

The subsequent staffing shortage has prompted the city to temporarily revise some of its routes. “As the city is following public health protocols to ensure the safety of both passengers and operators, service coverage throughout the city will be maintained, however, Barrie Transit is expecting a temporary reduction in frequency on routes 1, 6 and 100. This will be in effect until further notice, with hopes to get this back up to current service levels shortly,” said Forsyth. The city indicates these three routes were chosen as they have strong secondary coverage with other routes.

Riders are encouraged to check MyRide before departing for their trip.