Covid-19 Travel

How to best be prepared

Be Prepared

Being prepared when traveling helps our buses stay on schedule, and keeps everyone safe. If you do not adhere to these guidelines, you may be refused entry onto the bus, refused entry into a province, or cause significant delays for you and your fellow passengers at the border. Follow our easy checklist to make sure you're ready for your next Maritime Bus trip. 

Inter-Provincial Travel Requirements

Nova Scotia
  • Self Isolation Required: 
    • Everyone who travels from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland into Nova Scotia (including post-secondary students and if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination) must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 14 days.
    • Travellers coming from New Brunswick will need to self-isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia, effective Thursday, April 15th at 8am.
    • If they have already self-isolated in Atlantic Canada, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
    • You don’t need to self-isolate if you’re exempt from self-isolation.
  • Self-Declaration Required:
    • Every adult (18 or older) and post-secondary student travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they travel to the province, including travellers who are exempt from self-isolation.
    • You can complete your own form if you’re 16 or 17 (your parent or guardian can also complete the form for you). A parent or guardian needs to complete the form for someone 15 or younger.
    • Fill out the form here
  • Government Resources:
    • For more details and the most up-to-date information about traveling to Nova Scotia, please visit the government website here.
Prince Edward Island
  • Self Isolation Requirements:
    • Currently all residents returning or visitors to PEI must self-isolate for 14 days days unless exempt.
  • Pre-Registration Required: 
    • PEI residents do not need pre-approval to return to PEI, but will need to self-isolate and identify a self-isolation location and support person.
    • Non-residents must apply in advance to travel to PEI and should not make travel plans before receiving pre-travel approval. Proof of approval is required at a PEI border.
    • The entry point for your registration will be Confederation Bridge
    • If you travel frequently for work, you can register as a rotational worker or apply to work-isolate.
    • PEI residents who travel back and forth to PEI on the same day for some types of same-day travel are not required to self-isolate, subject to some restrictions.
    • *If you will be travelling through New Brunswick to enter PEI, please also register for New Brunswick. The link can be found below.
  • Government Resources:
    • For more details and the most up to date information about traveling to Prince Edward Island, please visit the government website here
New Brunswick
  • Self-Isolation Requirements: 
    • Individuals who have travelled outside of New Brunswick in the past 14 days for reasons other then work, medical or child custody MUST self-isolate for 14 days from the time of arrival in New Brunswick.
    • You are required to self-isolate completely separate from others (ie. hotel, Airbnb, granny suite, separate living quarters with separate kitchen and bathroom). This includes rotational workers (i.e. person working in another province and travelling back to NB on every few weeks).
  • Pre-Registration Required: 
  • Government Resources:
    • For more details and the most up to date information about traveling to New Brunswick, please visit the government website here.

 

Mask Requirements:

Masks are required on all busses, on all routes, in all provinces.

Days of Operation

We currently operate Bus & Parcel Service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays. 

You can look up schedules, find fares and buy tickets by visiting our Fares and Schedules page.

Changes Onboard

 While provincial regulations have increased capacity to 100% on public transportation, we reduce capacity on each trip by up to 20%. This means that you may be seated next to someone you don't know.

 Masks are mandatory on all bus routes, and available for passengers who may have forgotten their own. If you are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, please inform your driver in advance of the trip.

Parcel Service

Parcel service continues to be available on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. Stations continue to be open 6 and 7 days a week to drop off or pick up your packages. Check your nearest station hours here

Airport Stops

Maritime Bus, the Region’s Intercity Line Run does pick-up and drop-off at local airports within the Maritimes.  It should be noted that Maritime Bus is accessible to any airline traveller who is on route to a destination within their Scheduled Route, to self isolate.  All COVID-19 protocols have been approved by the Chief Medical Officer of the Province of Nova Scotia. See below an outline of Covid-19 Symptoms, and the required pre-boarding questionnaire. 

NOTE:  No passenger with symptoms as outlined below, will be permitted on-board.

Covid-19 Symptoms

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement
Pre-Boarding Questionnaire

If the person responds yes to any of these questions, they are not permitted to board Maritime Bus: 

covid-19 questionnaire

 

Onboard Practices

Onboard Supplies
  • Extra disinfectant wipes and spray
  • Hand Sanitizer at entrance and in washroom
  • Garbage Bag at entrance 
  • In compartment
    • Spare medium garbage bags (frequently dispose of tissues etc.)
    • A contained/sealed sick kit 
    • Contamination Kit (gloves; disinfectant spray; disinfectant wipes; paper towel; small garbage bags; supply of small baggies)
Logistics

Passenger:

  • Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible from other passengers and the driver.
  • Passengers must wear non-medical masks at all time (except when eating or drinking – not at leisure.)
  • If passengers are unable to wear a mask due to a medical reason, they must inform the driver in advance of their departure.
  • Passengers who disembark are to, when they return to embark, sit in the same seat as they did prior to leaving the coach.
  • Documentation must be available for provincial border crossing – see Provincial Border Registration links above.

Driver:

To ensure all protocols are adhered to:

  • Initial safety talk about need to keep us all safe
    • On first entrance to the bus, a “disinfectant sheet” will be taken by each passenger (the passenger can wipe down their seat area and dispose of the towelette in the plastic baggy at their seat.
    • Before entering the bus each time, passenger to take a squirt of hand sanitizer as passenger enters the bus; 
    • Remind the general tips of keep hands away from your face; 
    • Cough into elbow away from others – don’t sneeze with head back (up in the air)
    • Dispose of all tissues (use only once) after each use (plastic bag) 
    • Special filters are on all units (air purification enhanced)
    • Air exchanges 6 times per hours while unit running
    • Overhead air nozzle to be pointed downward (to help keep air moving)
    • If on the trip you are feeling sick (ie elevated temperature) please safely inform the Driver and remove yourself from the Coach 
    • Driver will be outside the bus when loading or unloading passengers (2M away). Note: for any stops the driver will be last on and first off – on no occasion will the driver be at the wheel and have passengers embarking or disembarking.
    • All units will be loaded (embark) back to front.  
    • All units will have passengers unload (disembark) front to back.
    • No changing of seats shall be permitted throughout the trip.
Cleaning

This is a heightened standard of cleaning and preparation of the coach.

Unit Cleaning:

  • Once daily cleaning of the interior of the unit will be done daily using approved disinfectants and techniques for assuring that all contact areas are sprayed with disinfectant, thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant soap and water and then the area is again sprayed with disinfectant.
  • We now disinfect and sanitize our buses with a natural alternative to bleach and other harmful chlorine-based chemicals with state of the art, patented technology. There are two solutions that are created when food grade salt and water are mixed and processed (via electrolysis) through patented water-cell technology. One of them is:  EnvironizeAnolyte.
  • The active ingredient is HypochlorousAcid (HOCL), a Health Canada listed Natural Health Product Ingredient and which has been clinically proven to be 100 times more effective than bleach.
  • ​​​Anolyteis a Food Grade, No Rinse Required Disinfectant 
  • Anolyterequires no WHMIS training for application as it is a non-toxic product. 
  • Anolytehas an extensive kill list of bacteria, spores, viruses and fungi.  
  • Certified Organic
  • Health Canada Approved 
  • Maritime Bus is in great company with huge-volume organizations such as Toronto Transit, LCBO, and Enterprise that trust their sanitation to EnviroNize everyday. 

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Buses:

Location

Area

Application

By Who

Product

Frequency

Entrance 

Railing

wipe

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Entrance

Railing

Garbage Bag

Washbay

 

Daily

Entrance

Dash

wipe 

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Entrance

Dash

Hand Sanitizer

Washbay

 

Daily

Throughout

Touch areas

Wiped

Washbay

Disinfectant 

Daily

Each Seat

Tray Tables

wipe

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Washrm

Sink Counter

Hand Sanitizer

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Washrm

All (toilet/sink walls/floor)

Wiped

Washbay

Disinfectant 

Daily

Each Seat

Armrests

Wipe

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Each Seat

Seatbelts

wipe

Washbay

Disinfectant

Daily

Full unit

All

Sweep/pickup

Driver

All garbage

Daily

Pax seating 

Seat

Wipe

Passenger

Disinfectant wipe

First entry

Pax seating

Seat

On same side as window seat

Washbay

Plastic Bags

Daily

 

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