As of September 1, non-medical masks are required when traveling on Saskatoon Transit vehicles, with some exceptions. When worn correctly, masks should cover both mouth and nose. As we continue to educate and monitor compliance, we're pleased that the vast majority of customers are protecting themselves and others by wearing a mask.
Saskatoon Transit branded, washable and reusable non-medical face masks will be available for purchase at Transit Customer Service in the near future.
Saskatoon Transit will not be enforcing the use of masks. Customers who do not have a mask will still be permitted to board Saskatoon Transit vehicles.
What you need to know
- Requiring masks allows Transit to safely operate full-seated buses, allowing greater capacity on fixed route and Access Transit buses.
- Non-medical masks will be available on buses for those who do not have one from Sept 1 to 14, 2020, or until supplies last.
- Wearing a non-medical mask (e.g. cloth or other materials), even if you have no symptoms, is an additional measure you may take to protect others, particularly in situations where the recommended physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transit.
- Practice physical distancing where possible, depending on bus loads. 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.
How this affects you
- All Saskatoon Transit riders will need to wear a mask to ride beginning September 1, 2020.
- By following the recommended safety precautions, and wearing a mask indoors, we can continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect the health of our family, friends and neighbours.
- When you wear a mask, you are helping to protect other people. When other people wear a mask, they are helping to protect you.
- Don’t judge others for not wearing a mask. Some people may not be able to wear a mask. Those who masks are not recommended include:
- People who suffer from an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a face covering;
- Anyone providing assistance to a person with an underlying medical condition or disability where the use of a non-medical face mask would hinder the provision of assistance;
- Person unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
- Children under the age of 2 years of age; and
- First responders in an emergency situation
- Proof is not required if someone has an exception. Service will not be denied for those who cannot wear a face mask.
Note: The City is focusing on education to assist with residents complying with the requirement of a non-medical face mask on Saskatoon Transit.