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Jan 17, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 2 minute read
My daughter is a health-care hero at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.
I believe the most dangerous part of her day is not her shift, it is riding the bus to and from work because Transit Windsor does not appear to enforce its mask mandate.
For many essential hourly workers, taking the bus is the only practical option for transportation. They should at least be able to feel safe on the bus.
This is especially true considering these are the folks who take care of everyone else. However, every time my daughter gets on the bus she is forced into close, sustained contact with maskless riders. This is an extremely dangerous situation even with her wearing a mask.
Would you feel comfortable inside a small space with limited ventilation for up to 45 minutes with people who have no regard for their safety or the safety of others?
Transit Windsor requires “riders to wear a non-medical mask on buses, as well as at the Windsor International Transit Terminal.” The only exemptions are “for children under the age of two and persons with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent a person from wearing a face mask.”
We know the majority of people who board a bus without a mask do not have medical conditions which prevent their wearing a face covering. Most of them are just selfish.
I do not blame the drivers for not enforcing the mandate as they naturally want to avoid confrontations with these dangerous people. However, Transit Windsor must back up their drivers and empower them to make buses safe for all passengers.
Our health-care heroes wear masks for their entire shifts. Bus riders should be willing to wear a mask for the duration of their ride.
Christopher Clough, Warren, Mich.
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