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Transit Service Notices

​Do not use public transit if you are feeling unwell.​​

Please note that the Safe Restart Agreement funding for transit services is focused on providing financial relief and addressing financial pressures due to COVID-19. We thank all our transit users for their patience in these difficult times.

Service Interruption​s​​​

​Detours

Routes 2, 3, 6 & 8​  - Dunlop Streetscape Detour: Routes are on detour for the Dunlop Streetscape Project​ beginning Thursday September 24th to late fall. Please use this map to find your nearest sto​p.​ Expect delays on Route 2, please use MyRide to track your bus in real time.

Route 3 Allandale Recreation Centre: Route 3 is on detour and will not service Stop #2 at Allandale Recreation Centre from Monday June 1 to November 2020. The closure of Fairview Road is expected to create traffic delays and this detour will maintain reliability of the route. Pl​ease see the Allandale Recreation Centre Detour Plan to find your nearest Rout​e​ 3 in-service stop.​​

Stops Out of Service
Route 4 - Hurst: Stops along Hurst Drive between Bay Lane and Minet’s Point are out of service from August 25 to November 2020 for a road construction project. Please use this map to find your nearest sto​p.​

Route 5/6/8 - Anne: Stops 248 and 249 are temporarily closed due to construction from Wednesday Oct. 21st to end of day Monday Oct. 26th. Please use this map​ for the nearby temporary stops.

​​Service Notices​ Rel​ated to COVI​D-19

Specialized Transit Service Changes

Specialized Transit clients: please refer to Specialized Transit considerations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Ensuring the Safety of Riders

The City has added increased safety measures to protect Transit operators and riders during this time. Safety measures include:

  • daily sanitization of buses and facilities
  • increased educational information on buses about COVID-19 precautions
  • personal protective equipment for drivers
  • installation of hand sanitizer dispensers on buses​
  • plexiglass protective operator shields
  • spaced out seating and limited maximum capacity of 20 passengers

Mandatory Mask Use on Public Transit

All riders are required to wear non-medical face masks or face coverings as part of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s requirement to wear a face covering when entering a public indoor space or using Barrie Transit. 
 
Children under the age of two, or those under five who cannot be persuaded, are not required to wear a face covering, as well as individuals whose health or ability, or cultural or religious reasons would prevent them from doing so.
FAQs re Mandatory Mask Use on Public Transit
What has the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit required related to face coverings on public transit?

Owners and operators of businesses and organizations as well as all public transit services are required to have a policy to restrict persons from entering or remaining in indoor public space of the business or public transit vehicle in Simcoe Muskoka, if the person is not wearing a face covering, subject to some exceptions. For the public, a face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the mouth, nose and chin.

Are there any exemptions from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering on Barrie Transit?

A person is exempt if:

  • 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

Riders who do not wear a face covering will be reminded by the operator that they are mandatory but will not be denied service. No proof of exemption is required.

Are Barrie Transit staff required to wear a mask or face covering?

Yes, Barrie Transit staff will wear a mask or face covering when working in the public areas of the indoor public space unless the staff member is within or behind a physical barrier or is in an area of the premises that is not designated for public access.

Currently, operators (drivers) are not required to wear a mask while operating the bus as passengers are boarding through the rear doors, and the front of the bus has been partitioned off. Drivers will use a mask when helping secure passenger wheelchair/mobility devices.

 

Once the driver shields are installed on buses and we resume front-door boarding, the operators (drivers) will not have to wear masks as they’ll be separated from the public. They will need to wear masks if they exit the driver seat/plexiglass area to secure a wheelchair/mobility device, or enter the public area of the vehicle.

Can I wear a homemade mask or face covering while riding Barrie Transit?

Yes. For the public, a face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the mouth, nose and chin.

Is wearing a mask or face covering mandatory while standing inside the bus terminal?

Yes. Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka. Some exemptions apply.

Is wearing a mask or face covering mandatory while riding Specialized Transit vehicles?

Yes. Masks or face coverings are mandatory while riding any vehicle in the Barrie Transit fleet.

Is it mandatory to wear a face covering or mask while riding transit even if physical distance can be maintained?

Yes. Please continue to keep a two-metre distance from others where possible.

Can I wear a face shield instead of a face covering?

Face shields do not replace face coverings or masks. Your nose, mouth, and chin must be covered. Face shields protect the wearer from respiratory droplets but do not protect those around them, and must be worn with a mask.

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