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The free ride is coming to an end.

Brantford announced the gradual return to normal riding patterns and payments on city buses, starting Tuesday with passengers using the front door.

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And riders will be encouraged to use B-Cards which will now provide a way to pay through touch-less contact at the new fare boxes when fares are re-instituted on Aug. 24.

Bus riding slowly returning to normal
Bus riding slowly returning to normal

The Transit Terminal, 64 Darling St., will reopen on Aug. 10 so people can renew their passes and purchase new B-Cards as required.

Although riders will be able to board at the front door now, they are still instructed to wear a non-medical face covering and exit at the back doors.

Decisions about the timing and process of normalizing transit riding have been made in consultation with the Brant County Health Unit.

The city reiterates that all residents and businesses play an important part in the successful reopening of the community. Citizens are asked to wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces and stay home if feeling ill.

Bus riding slowly returning to normal
Bus riding slowly returning to normal

Due to Brantfords face covering bylaw, people are instructed to wear a cloth mask or face shield in all public enclosed indoor spaces and to practise physical distancing of six feet from others when in public.

The city shares frequent updates on its Facebook and Twitter accounts or at www.brantford.ca/coronavirus.

SGamble@postmedia.com

Bus riding slowly returning to normal
Bus riding slowly returning to normal