Sarnia Transit has been working with our employee health and safety committee and UNIFOR to address health and safety concerns related to the COVID 19 Pandemic. As a result, we have implemented a number of measures:
- Implemented rear door boarding to maintain physical distance with our operators
- Blocked off seating near the operators to maintain physical distance
- Encouraging passengers to only utilize transit for essential trips
- Implemented enhanced cleaning procedures
The corporate position on wearing masks has been based on recommendations from public health. The public health recommendation is that healthy people should not wear masks and that wearing a mask can actually increase risk as people often touch their face to adjust their mask.
In consultation with our employee health and safety committee and UNIFOR the City is modifying this position, while still recommending against the practice, if an operator feels more comfortable with a mask they will be allowed to use one.
To clarify some misinformation, no operator has been terminated. The position on masks was reviewed through the corporate health and safety protocol based on concerns brought forward by an operator.
For further information, please contact:
David Jackson, Director of Engineering
firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-332-0330 ext. 3279