Are face coverings required on Bracebridge Transit and Bracebridge Mobility?

    Effective July 13, 2020, face coverings are required on Bracebridge Transit and Bracebridge Mobility including in vehicles and inside bus shelters. These instructions are being issued by the Medical Officer of Health at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) under the authority of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and will continue while the provincial Emergency Orders remain in force.

    A face covering means a non-medical mask or other face coverings such as a bandana, scarf, or cloth mask, that has been purchased or made, that covers the mouth, nose and chin ensuring a barrier that limits the spread of respiratory droplets through coughing, sneezing or talking.

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

    • Children under 2 years of age, or those under 5 years of age who cannot be persuaded;
    • Persons with an underlying medical condition or has trouble breathing which inhibits the ability to wear a face covering;
    • Persons who are unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance; and
    • For any cultural or religious reasons.

    Although a public transit service has the right to deny entry to their premise, the policy regarding the use of face coverings should be used as a means to educate people on face covering use. As such, we have instructed the service provider to verbally remind customers to wear a face covering and to not refuse entry.

    While cases of COVID-19 are currently increasing across the Simcoe-Muskoka region, the use of face coverings in public transit is an additional public health measure (along with physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and staying home when sick) that may prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

    More information on face coverings is available from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website or Bracebridge Transit  - Frequently Asked Questions.