The City of Winnipeg says risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low after a bus passenger who rode Winnipeg Transit on multiple occasions has since tested positive for the virus.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living says these occasions took place between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.

Bus routs 11 and 14 between approximately 8 to 8:20 a.m. and 7:30 to 7:50 p.m. each day were affected on the above dates.

The City says the exposure risk is low. Those who travelled these routes at these times are being asked to monitor for symptoms.

According to the City, Winnipeg Transit Operators have been notified and appropriate follow-up measures are being taken to address the exposure.

Passengers on Winnipeg Transit have been required to wear masks that cover the mouth, nose, and chin since Aug. 29. Enhanced sanitization measures are also taking place.

Passengers are reminded to follow these guidelines to participate in safe Transit use, as released by the City:

  • Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  • Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
  • Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
  • Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
  • Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
  • Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
  • If you are sick and experiencing flu-like symptoms; please refrain from riding transit.