VIA Rail Says It’s Enforcing Special Measures For COVID-19
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
VIA Rail Canada says it is enforcing special health and safety measures for pax and employees amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
At this time, all VIA Rail trains are operating normally coast to coast, but the company cautions this could change as the situation evolves.
"The health and safety measures of our passengers and employees is our top priority and we are focusing our efforts accordingly. At this point, all hands are on deck. All employees, whether in train stations, on board, in maintenance or call centres, are trained and informed on what they have to do to for safety and prevention," said Cynthia Garneau, President and CEO.
"The situation requires us to remain vigilant and to ensure we minimize the risk of contamination to the best of our ability. VIA Rail is deploying additional preventive and reactive measures to its corporate Illness Control Plan."
Here are some of the measures VIA Rail says it has in place:
Strict cleanliness and hygiene protocols for trains, which entails regular and thorough cleaning of all hard surfaces in cars, vestibules, washrooms and surfaces.
Increased daily cleaning and disinfection of stations.
Masks are being placed on board trains at all major stations
Anti-viral products, such as hand sanitizer, are being distributed on board trains and in stations.
Messages at stations and on board trains invite pax to exercise vigilance and good judgment and follow the usual guidelines for good hygiene. "If they experience symptoms, we encourage them to avoid travelling in order to reduce the spread of infections."
Additional measures will be ready to deploy should the situation change, says VIA.
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.