The Regional Municipality Of York


Masks mandatory on YRT effective July 2, 2020

Newmarket – York Regional Council has approved a transit bylaw to make it mandatory for travellers to wear a non-medical face mask or face covering while on a York Region Transit vehicle and all transit properties effective Thursday, July 2, 2020.

“Regional Council remains committed to the health and safety of everyone travelling, living and working in York Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “As we are re-opening and more people have come back to our transit system, it is more important than ever for everyone to play their part in keeping our families and communities safe.”

Numerous measures are in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while helping keep travellers and staff as safe as possible, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection of buses and facilities and reducing the number of seats available to assist with physical distancing.

“More people taking transit makes physical distancing difficult in some situations, creating the need to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Making masks mandatory when taking transit is an additional step to ensure the safety of travellers and operators.”

A limited number of non-medical masks will be available for passengers who do not have their own. Travellers are reminded if using disposable masks to ensure they are discarded properly in the garbage.

Exemptions will be made for children under the age of two, those unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition and passengers needing assistance placing or removing a face covering.

On Thursday, July 2, YRT will begin front-door boarding and asking travellers to exit the bus through the middle or rear doors to create a one-way flow for travellers. Barrier shields are being installed within the driver’s area to provide protection between passengers and drivers. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also being installed at all YRT terminals.

YRT will continue to monitor updates to public health recommendations and provincial guidelines to ensure our transit system is adequately prepared to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:
Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71226 Cell: 905-251-6412  

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