Face-Covering or Non-Medical Mask a Requirement for Inter-community Bus Travel

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Woman in surgical mask
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THUNDER BAY – As Ontario continues to open, there are changes coming. If you are going on intercommunity buses, it is likely you will need a face-covering or non-medical mask.

Ontario Northland Transportation bus in Thunder Bay
Ontario Northland Transportation bus in Thunder Bay

As of July 24, 2020, Ontario Northland will require all customers to wear a face-covering or non-medical mask when boarding or disembarking a bus. The company says, “All passengers will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when boarding or disembarking, or walking through the aisle (it is strongly encouraged to continue wearing the mask while in their seat). Children under the age of two (2) and people with difficulty breathing unrelated to COVID-19 should not use face coverings or non-medical masks”.

As Kasper Transportation re-opens on July 20, 2020 masks or face-covering will be mandatory as well.

Kasper Transportation bus with sunset in back window
Kasper Transportation bus with sunset in back window

“We ask and require our customers to do their part, and stay at home if you feel sick, to help us protect you, other passengers, and help our province fight COVID-19 while allowing you to conduct essential, required travel,” states the company CEO, Kasper Wabinski.

“During our ongoing preparations, we are taking the necessary steps working with the resources we have available and developing additional policies and procedures that will be effective for the safety of our customers and staff. We have been and will continue to work laterally with all levels of governments as they cautiously move towards opening more resources and businesses in our communities. We will be requiring face masks, reduced capacity, we will conduct temperature checks, and continue our practice of complete and detailed vehicle cleaning”.

Ontario Northland has implemented increased cleaning protocols and disinfecting of buses as well.

Traveling by Bus

For travel on the Ontario Northland Bus, passengers are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance by visiting ontarionorthland.ca or by calling 1-800-461-8558. 

For travel on the Kasper Transportation Bus, passengers can visit www.gokasper.com or call 1-855-566-2378.