HUNTSVILLE Social distancing is taking a front seat on Huntsville Transit buses.

As of now only six riders will be allowed on a bus at any time, who must sit at least two metres apart.

And passengers must hand-sanitize when they board the free buses.

This may result in riders needing to be prepared to be flexible on boarding times.

Municipal officials say they made precautionary changes to service to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while still providing public access to necessary destinations such as grocery stores, pharmacies and employment.

Service changes include

Regular and specialized riding hours are now 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riders will not be required to pay fares or swipe their transit pass until end of April

Heightened sanitization of frequent touch points on the transit vehicles will continue.

Daily vehicle disinfection

As a reminder to riders, the town asks the following safety procedures be considered:

If you feel unwell do not board Huntsville Transit or Huntsville mobility vehicles

Upon boarding, riders are asked to sanitize their hands utilizing the provided hand sanitizer or their own supply

Riders must practice social distancing and attempt to spread themselves out while riding in an effort to protect themselves and the driver

The town says it will continue to work closely with the service provider, Campbell Bus Lines Ltd., in regards to safety precautions and operations.

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Transit buses will still run in Huntsville and passengers will have to use hand-sanitizer when they board and sit at least two metres apart.