Brampton transit to distribute 100,000 masks to riders amid COVID-19 outbreak
Mayor Patrick Brown recently announced on behalf of council that Brampton Transit will be distributing 100,000 non-medical masks to its riders for free beginning the week of June 22, until supplies last.
This will be the first step of the City of Brampton's reopening and recovery plan.
Non-medical masks will be distributed at Brampton Transit's Bramalea, Brampton Gateway and Downtown Terminals.
After Peel Public Health and the Government of Ontario issued a recommendation to wear masks on public transit, Brampton Transit riders are strongly recommended to wear non-medical masks while on buses and at terminals.
Beginning July 2, it will be mandatory for both Brampton Transit riders and operators to wear non-medical masks.
Fare payment and front door boarding will also be reinstated on July 2.
While masks will be mandatory, children under the age of two, or those with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask will not be required to wear one.
“I am proud to announce that we will be distributing 100,000 non-medical masks to riders at Brampton Transit terminals,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.
“If you are a Brampton Transit rider, I urge you to acquire and wear a non-medical mask on buses and at terminals to take care of yourself and others, and follow Peel Public Health and the Government of Ontario's guidelines on how to properly wear, fit, remove, and clean your non-medical mask for everyone's health and safety.”
It is Brampton Transit's goal to disinfect all hard surfaces, operator compartments and seats every 48 hours.
The majority of buses are currently sanitized every 24 hours and facilities and terminals that have hard surfaces are wiped down and sanitized on a daily basis.
The City urges riders to continue to practice physical distancing at terminals and bus stops, even while wearing a mask.
Riders are also reminded to carry their own personal disinfectants such as hand sanitizer or wipes, wash their hands often and to cough or sneeze into their elbow.
The City of Brampton is working closely with Peel Public Health and the Brampton Emergency Management Office to continue to monitor risks during COVID-19.
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