Two Barrie Transit staff confirmed COVID-19 positive

(Barrie, ON)In order to be transparent to the community, The City of Barrie is sharing the following information out of an abundance of caution.

Two Barrie Transit operators recently received positive COVID-19 tests. The bus operators have been self-isolating since last week. The buses these operators drive were removed from operation as soon as the cases were identified, and were thoroughly sanitized and kept out of service for two days. 

Barrie Transit is not aware of any workplace transmission at this time. As the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit advises on an ongoing basis, everyone in the community should follow Health Unit guidelines, self-monitor, and get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

“Barrie Transit continues to do everything we can to ensure a safe environment for our riders and employees," says Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Parking Strategy. “We wish the affected drivers well and hope they are feeling better soon."

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Barrie Transit has taken extra precautions to keep employees and riders safe and continues to follow the direction of the Health Unit. These measures include:

plexiglass shield around the driverat least six feet of space between the driver and the first seat on the busenhanced cleaning and disinfecting of vehiclesrequirement for masks in public areashand sanitizers on all vehiclescapacity limitations to support physical distancingactive screening of all employees completed on a daily basisprotocols in place that eliminates the requirement for physical contact between drivers and riders

We remind everyone using Barrie Transit to follow public health measures to keep everyone safe, including staying home when sick, wearing a mask in indoor public places, including on public transit, washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, staying two metres apart from other riders when possible, and getting tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms.


Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578