Ontario is under state of emergency, but Premier Doug Ford ensured this is not a “shut down” in the province. And while bars, restaurants, and many institutions have been mandated to close, transit remains essential in the community.
With that, GO Transit and the TTC continues to run.
For many, the TTC remains a vital service to get around.
Toronto’s top doc, @epdevilla , continues to provide clear, concise advice to help Torontonians stay safe and healthy. Appreciating that the #TTC remains a vital service for people to get around and to obtain goods and services, she advises social distancing where possible 1/2
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) March 16, 2020
And on Monday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa recommended social distancing, even on public transit.
“If you need to take public transit to access health or necessary goods or services, practice social distancing,” said de Villa.
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According to an update by the TTC, Dr. de Villa is recommending social distancing as a way to minimize coronavirus transmission in the community. And social distancing measures for the TTC include:
keeping two metres (six feet) apart from others
avoiding mass gatherings
staggering work hours to avoid peak travel times on transit
“Remember to stay home if you feel sick. Do not use public transit,” they add.
Last week, the TTC said it would be experiencing lower ridership due to school closures.
“While we are expecting reduced ridership given March Break and the two-week school shut down, this is a dynamic situation and we will continue to consult with public health officials and advise our customers of any new or changing advice for travel on the TTC,” they said.
And by the near-empty rides during rush hour this week, it seems ridership is definitely down.
So for now, if you need to get on transit, practice social distancing, and of course, wash your hands before and after your ride.