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Taking public transit during the COVID-19 pandemic

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To keep our customers and our employees safe, we’ve had to make some operating changes. The following provides you with the latest on changes we’ve made as we adapt to current conditions.
Practicing safe physical distancing and travelling only when you need to are so important. To minimize crowding at stops please consider travelling at off-peak times if possible.
 



Face masks and face coverings

• We recommend customers wear a cloth mask or face covering when travelling on Saskatoon Transit buses. It’s a simple step that protects others.
• Practice physical distancing. Where possible, stay two metres away from other customers and the vehicle operator.
• Information on face coverings including how to create a no-sew face mask.
 
Seat signs 
Several seats on buses have been blocked off to allow customers to continue to practice safe physical distancing while travelling on Saskatoon Transit.
These seat restrictions are guidelines to promote physical distancing. Customers travelling with members of the same household or with a support person may sit together.
 
Travelling in a bus
• Starting June 8, you will enter through the front door and fares will be reinstated. 
• We have redeployed extra buses on our busy routes.
 
Travelling on Access Transit
• Starting June 8, you will be required to pay fares.
 
Cleaning of vehicles 
• Saskatoon Transit has been performing significant additional cleaning and disinfection with a focus on touch and grab points, such as buttons, railings, handles and straps.
• Every bus, and Access Transit vehicle is receiving extra attention multiple times a day, on a daily basis.
• Saskatoon Transit takes the health and safety of its employees and customers very seriously and is in daily communication with Sask Health Authority. At this time, the direction is that no additional measures are required. 



 
Full buses  
• During non-pandemic times, a bus is considered full when all the seats are used and there are people filling the aisles up to the white line.  
o During the pandemic, while physical distancing restriction are in place a bus is considered full when the non-marked seats are full (as of June 8, 2020 ~ 15 passengers on a 40’ bus).  
• Due to this restriction many routes are experiencing “full buses” throughout the day.   
• When a bus reaches capacity, operators change their headsign to “Full Bus.” This information is tracked so adjustments can be made if necessary.   
• From that point, until someone gets off, there will be no additional riders boarded.  
• When possible, additional buses are added to the routes experiencing full buses to help with service.