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06/20/2020 14:03 EDT

Via Rail Implements New Policy Requiring Passengers To Wear Face Masks

The changes kick in on Tuesday as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

MONTREAL — Via Rail says passengers will be required to wear masks as of Tuesday to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

The Montreal-based passenger rail service says it is making the change as ridership increases with the gradual reopening of the economy.

The policy is in line with Transport Canada guidelines for wearing face coverings for planes, trains, ships and public transit.

Tijana Martin/THE CANADIAN PRESS
People make their way through Union Station in Toronto as the departure display for Via Rail show all trains have been cancelled on Feb. 13, 2020. Via Rail says passengers will be required to wear masks as of Tuesday to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when physical distancing can't be maintained.

Masks are mandatory for employees who interact with customers. Masks must be worn throughout trips, except for when eating or drinking and when physical distancing is not possible in stations and at boarding.

Via Rail says it will have a limited number of disposable masks available for passengers who don’t have one at boarding.

Passengers with medical conditions that result in trouble breathing unrelated to COVID-19, infants under two years old and small children, or anyone unable to remove a mask without assistance will not be required to wear one.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2020.

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