Brampton bus route suspended after nine drivers contract COVID-19 in a month

Mar 9 2021, 11:03 am

A Brampton bus route was suspended on Tuesday after nine drivers contracted COVID-19 in the last month.

On Tuesday, the City of Brampton confirmed to Daily Hive that the 511 route along Steeles Avenue West is temporarily cancelled west of Chinguacousy Road after nine bus operators tested positive for the virus in the last month.

Because of the transmission, Peel Public Health is conducting an active COVID-19 “community investigation.”

To protect the health and safety of employees and the community, Peel Public Health has directed transit operators to be tested for COVID-19 and that medical-grade masks be mandatory for transit employees.

“Brampton Transit provided employees on-site testing for COVID-19 at its facilities. In some cases, employees may be required to self-isolate, which may affect Brampton Transit’s level of service. All efforts will be made to provide the best possible service under the current circumstances,” the release says.

The city added that customers who continue to use the buses should follow public health protocol, including staying home if they are a close contact or have symptoms, wearing a tight-fitting mask in public spaces, and avoiding lowering their masks for eating or drinking while commuting.

To ensure the spread of the virus is prevented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule remains in effect.

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