Letter from the reader: Transit Windsor should do a better job around preventing COVID-19

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It seems to me that COVID-19 is a problem everywhere except Transit Windsor.

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At the entrance to every building in Windsor and Essex counties, signs designate mask mandates, handwashing instructions, and social distancing recommendations, and hand sanitizer is available in many locations.

The only concession COVID-19 Transit Windsor has apparently made is a small sign regarding its mask requirement that is posted inside each bus behind the driver.

This sign explains that only masks should be worn on the buses, no alligators, bandanas, or scarves. It is difficult to read and must be posted on the bus door like any other public entrance.

Two buses I was on recently did not have this sign at all. Despite the mask policy, some passengers are allowed to wear non-mask face coverings.

Some buses offer hand sanitizer. Some drivers do not have a mask and have their plexiglass window open, creating an unprotected area for passengers to walk through.

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Despite being the primary method of transportation for thousands of our citizens, there have never been any public health posters on buses offering information about COVID-19, testing, vaccinations, or mental health support. The ad slots remain mostly blank instead of being used for this critical information.

Last year I contacted Transit Windsor about this issue and have not received a response. I later contacted the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to ask why there is no public health information on COVID-19 on Windsor buses and was directed back to Transit Windsor.

This fall, I reached out to the Mayor and all Councilmembers to ask why there is no information about the virus on our buses. I didn’t get a response from anyone.

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I have been a regular bus rider throughout this pandemic. I feel that Transit Windsor has made minimal effort to inform and protect passengers.

Perhaps I should be glad that my bus rides provide me with a respite from the overwhelming saga of COVID-19?

carol bowman, windsor

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