Pre COVID-19, “Sorry that seat’s taken,” meant something else – you were holding the spot for a travelling companion or friend, but today it means we’re holding it in order to keep our essential workers safe.
‘Essential’ can be used to describe a lot of different roles in the community, but to our workers it’s continuing to provide the energy needed to get fundamental goods and services to healthcare workers, communities and businesses.
You know when you’re sitting on public transit and you happen to get a prime seat – maybe even with a window? Most of us sit there hoping no one will snag the seat beside us. Germs, space, extra leg room, whatever your reason might be, you don’t have to worry on our buses! We’ve introduced some new measures in Wood Buffalo to keep our people safe.
As part of our physical distancing guidelines, we’ve added more shuttle buses to on-site routes to cap occupancy at 25% capacity, and more coach buses to off-site routes to ensure they’re only half full. We’ve gone as far as tagging seats to show passengers where they can’t sit. So, the answer is no, you can’t sit there - but don’t worry, there are plenty of other seats to pick from. The best part is, windows for everyone!
“We appreciate passengers’ patience while we roll out these measures,” says Elina Horstia, manager of field logistics operations and integration. “It’s all about everyone doing their part and being stronger together, from a distance, of course.”
Not only are we reducing the number of essential workers on the buses, but we are also increasing our cleaning protocols. Buses are getting cleaned and disinfected twice daily. And at minimum, they are treated to a weekly electrostatic cleaning. Now that’s a lot of cleaning! Even for a germaphobe, but we’re willing to go above and beyond to keep our people safe.
We will continue to closely monitor passenger counts on buses and adjust as needed. This is an evolving situation and we are doing everything we can to keep our essential workers healthy and safe.
Interested in learning more about the measures we’re taking to stop the spread of COVID-19? Check this out.