Monday, March 8, 2021

CKTransit reducing service

CKTransit has announced a reduction in service effective Saturday, March 21.

Municipal officials say the following changes are in response to limited staff resources and a severe decline in ridership:

– Routes 1, 2, 3, and 4 will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. only, Monday to Saturday, on a 30-minute schedule.

– Route 5 is suspended. Route 1 will service the bus stop in front of the Hospital and Courthouse.

– CKTransit On-Request evening service is suspended.

– The 6:45 p.m. departure for Inter-Urban Routes A, C, and D is suspended.

– All other Inter-Urban route departure times from the Chatham Terminal remain.

– Chatham and Wallaceburg Accessible hours are reduced to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Sunday service is suspended.

Municipal officials say the changes are in effect until further notice.

“The Municipality continues to work with our service providers to provide as much public transit service as possible given this emergency situation,” Municipla officials stated.

“Further service level adjustments may be required as this situation evolves.”

CKTransit service providers have increased their sanitization measures and protocols, Municipal officials say.

“Do not make trips into the community unless it is essential,” Municipal officials said in a media release.

“If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, stay home. If you must go out, practice social distancing. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are unable to access soap and water, use a 70% alcohol based hand sanitizer. Cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue.”

Municipal officials say if you have travelled outside of the country and have returned on or after March 3, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day of your arrival back.

“We appreciate the understanding of our riders during this difficult time,” Municipal officials stated.

For information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent. Details, here.

Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby has implemented increased measures to combat COVID-19. Details, here.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.

For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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