The City of Hamilton announced this afternoon that users of public transit in the city soon be required to wear a face covering while riding the bus.
Starting June 22, 2020 customers will be required to wear a non-medical mask while riding the bus, taking DARTS and using Trans-Cab.
The city stated in a tweet from the HSR Twitter that the extra step can help reduce the spread of COVID 19 and help protect others in spaces where physical distancing can be hard to maintain.
In keeping with recommendations from the Province of Ontario, an exception will be made for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.
The move follows the lead of other transit agencies such as Brampton Transit which announced it will require riders to wear a mask as of July 2nd.
In keeping with recommendations from the province, an exception will be made for:
- Children under the age of two (2)
- People who have difficulty breathing
- Anyone who is unable to remove a non-medical mask without assistance
- HSR will not deny anyone a ride. Remember, not all disabilities or medical conditions that prevent someone from safely wearing a non-medical mask are visible.
The HSR will begin to increase bus capacity to two-thirds and will continue to add supplemental service on busier routes to help minimize crowding and potential customer pass-bys.
The HSR is also installing polycarbonate driver compartment shields as an additional measure to protect operators and customers.
More information about riding transit during the pandemic can be found on Hamilton.ca.
Originally posted on June 9th, 2020