Those who ride on Guelph Transit will be required to don a mask, the city said on Tuesday, matching the requirements for businesses.
Guelph Transit began asking riders to wear a mask or face covering on June 5. On Friday, City Hall received a letter from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health advising the city to mandate face coverings for transit users, according to a release.
Specifically, the city requests that riders wear “a scarf, bandana, homemade or purchased mask that covers their nose and mouth.”
“Initially, Guelph Transit will have a limited supply of masks available for those who may not be aware of the new requirement or have resources to purchase or make a mask or face covering. Riders in need of a mask can request one from the on-duty supervisor at Guelph Central Station.”
There are some who are exempt from the mandatory masks.
If one “is under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally and they refuse to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver”, “wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe in any way” or they avoid a mask for a medical reason, they do not fall under the requirement.