Media Release: COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings Required on Huntsville Transit

Posted On Friday July 10, 2020

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) Residents and visitors are advised that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 face coverings are required on Huntsville Transit vehicles. These instructions have been issued by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s (SMDHU) Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner under the authority of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

The public is required to wear a face covering (i.e. non-medical mask) when entering the indoor premises of businesses, organizations and on public transit systems in Simcoe Muskoka. A face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face coverings such as a bandana, scarf or cloth that covers the mouth and nose.

Although a public transit service has the right to deny entry, we have instructed the service provider to educate customers by verbally reminding them to wear a face covering.

The following individuals are not required to wear a face covering on public transit:

  • The person is a child under the age of two years; or is a child under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  • The person is incapacitated and unable to remove their face covering without assistance;
  • Wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe such as, but not limited to, during moderate to intense physical activity (such as running) or activity that would preclude its use (such as swimming);
  • For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information.
  • For any religious reason, the person cannot wear a face covering.

As a reminder to riders, the Town asks the following safety procedures be considered:

  • If you feel unwell do not board Huntsville Transit or Huntsville mobility vehicles
  • Upon boarding, riders are asked to sanitize their hands utilizing the provided hand sanitizer or their own supply
  • Riders shall practice social distancing and attempt to spread themselves out while riding in an effort to protect themselves and the driver

The Town will continue to work closely with the service provider, Campbell Bus Lines Ltd., in regards to safety precautions and operations. While following recommended best practices by Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.

For frequently asked questions or to ask a question on Town Services during COVID-19 visit myhuntsville.ca.

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For More Information Contact:
Stephen Hernen
Director of Operations and Protective Services
705 789-5684 x 3823
stephen.hernen@huntsville.ca