Soon buses in Penticton will only be allowed to carry a limited amount of people as BC Transit makes moves to promote physical distancing amid COVID-19. (File)

COVID-19: BC Transit to limit passengers on Penticton buses

The change is to promote physical distancing

BC Transit is limiting the number of passengers on each Penticton bus starting March 30.

The move comes as part of the efforts to keep riders and drivers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of passengers will be reduced to half of the seating capacity, to allow space for physical distancing.

In addition, riders will be asked to stand behind a red line of floor tape. Updated information will be posted on the buses.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Penticton bylaw officers enforcing closure of public spaces

BC Transit is deemed an essential service by the Province of B.C. and will continue to operate province wide.

According to BC Transit, a number of safety improvements have already been made, including enhanced cleaning measures and enforcing rear-door entry. All fares have also been temporarily waived.

“We’re grateful to BC Transit for taking these extra measures,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki.

“Many people rely on the buses to get around. These include people who are stocking our shelves, providing essential services, or community members who need to pick up groceries and prescriptions. Any efforts we can take to promote physical distancing will ensure we stay safe and healthy.”

Further information about BC Transit’s efforts can be found at bctransit.com/covid19.

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