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Brampton Transit to distribute 100,000 masks to riders in response to COVID-19


​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
BRAMPTON, ON (June 11, 2020) – On June 10, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Council, announced that Brampton Transit will distribute 100,000 non-medical masks to its riders for free starting the week of June 22, until supplies last, as the first step of the City of Brampton’s reopening and recovery plan.

Non-medical masks will be distributed at Brampton Transit’s Bramalea, Brampton Gateway and Downtown Terminals.

Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Following Peel Public Health and the Government of Ontario’s recommendation to wear masks on public transit, at present, Brampton Transit riders are strongly recommended to wear non-medical masks on buses and at terminals. Starting July 2, it will be mandatory for Brampton Transit riders and operators to wear non-medical masks, when fare payment and front door boarding will be reinstated.

While masks will be mandatory, children under the age of two, or those with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask will not be required to wear one.

For more information regarding non-medical masks, including how to properly wear, fit, remove, and clean your non-medical mask, visit the Peel Public Health website and the Government of Ontario website.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

An enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule remains in effect. It is Brampton Transit’s goal to disinfect all hard surfaces, operator compartments and seats every 48 hours. The majority of buses are currently sanitized every 24 hours. Facilities and terminals that have hard surfaces are wiped down and sanitized on a daily basis.

The City urges riders to continue to practice physical distancing at terminals and bus stops, even while wearing a mask. Riders are also reminded to carry their own personal disinfectant such as hand sanitizer or wipes, wash their hands often, and cough or sneeze into their elbow.

The City of Brampton is working closely with Peel Public Health and the Brampton Emergency Management Office to continue to monitor risks during COVID-19. Visit www.brampton.ca/covid19 for regular updates and visit www.bramptontransit.com or follow @bramptontransit on Twitter for service updates. Questions may be directed to Brampton Transit’s Contact Centre at 905.874.2999.

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“I am proud to announce that we will be distributing 100,000 non-medical masks to riders at Brampton Transit terminals. If you are a Brampton Transit rider, I urge you to acquire and wear a non-medical mask on buses and at terminals to take care of yourself and others, and follow Peel Public Health and the Government of Ontario’s guidelines on how to properly wear, fit, remove, and clean your non-medical mask for everyone’s health and safety.”

- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Health and safety is a top priority for our City Council, especially when it comes to keeping residents moving safely during COVID-19. We are making it easier for riders to acquire a non-medical mask while taking Brampton Transit – it’ll be as easy as going about your daily commute, while supplies last.”

- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton

“As the City of Brampton reopens and recovers from COVID-19, we are dedicated to providing a healthy and safe transit service for our community. With guidance from Peel Public Health and the Government of Ontario, we are taking all necessary safety measures to get these masks into riders’ hands in a healthy and safe way.”

- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
 
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Christine Sharma
Media Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.2880 | christine.sharma@brampton.ca