Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

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. 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.

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