Effective Aug. 1, face coverings mandatory on Spruce Grove Transit

July 24, 2020

Effective Aug. 1, the City of Spruce Grove will require the use of face coverings on all Spruce Grove Transit routes (both commuter and local routes).

This aligns with a recent decision by the City of Edmonton to make face coverings mandatory on public transit. Spruce Grove Transit is linked with Edmonton’s transit system and this allows for a consistent approach. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available on Spruce Grove Transit local routes (Route 568) for those who board without one.

Young children (under the age of two) and those with underlying health conditions will not be required to wear a face covering.

Transit riders are encouraged to learn how to wear and remove a non-medical mask or face covering from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and must continue to follow public health orders (stay home if unwell, practise proper hygiene habits and maintain physical distancing).

Riders are also encouraged to follow these additional guidelines to help protect themselves and other riders from COVID-19:

  • Travel during off peak times.
  • Move away from the doors after boarding, use the full length of the transit vehicle and bus stop platforms.
  • Sit in a staggered manner, unless traveling with members of the same household or a required caregiver.

The Spruce Grove Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the situation regarding use of face coverings from a broader perspective, including looking at benefits and options.

The health and safety of our staff and community is our top priority. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community well.