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Transit Updating Capacity Limits, Encouraging Riders to Wear Masks

Post Date:07/16/2020 10:00 AM

Medicine Hat – Beginning Monday, July 20, Medicine Hat Transit (MHT) will further ease restrictions for riders.

In following with the updated guidelines released by the Government of Alberta, MHT will remove the ‘Essential Travel Only’ guidelines, as well as update capacity limits.

40’ buses will allow up to 25 total passengers, while 30’ buses will allow up to 15 passengers.

“Physical distancing will remain in place,” said Mike Spicer, Manager of Transit Services. “Passenger will be asked to space out where possible.”

MHT will also offer passengers non-surgical masks after boarding. 90,000 masks have been provided by Alberta Health and will be available on all buses on a first come, first serve basis.

“We want our drivers and passengers to feel safe,” Spicer added. “We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask while on-board, at bus stops and at the Terminal. Anyone who is not feeling well should not board the bus and instead stay home.”

Additional cleaning measures will remain in place, including sanitizing all touch points on buses, as well as the shelters at the downtown Transit terminal, which are cleaned twice per day.

Riders are also encouraged to plan trips during off-peak hours where possible to help maintain updated capacity limits.

Regular Transit will continue to operate on an alternate schedule. Regular Monday to Friday Transit service will operate on a Saturday schedule. On Saturday and Sunday, the regular Sunday schedule will be in effect.

Discounted bus passes for August are now available. More information can be found on the City’s website.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Mike Spicer
Manager, Transit Services
City of Medicine Hat

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