Amid Halifax COVID-19 infection at garage, bus drivers union calls for service pause

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The union representing Halifax transit workers is calling for a pause in service and better safety measures for the bus drivers and maintenance workers after a garage mechanic tested positive for COVID-19.

Ken Wilson, the president of the local of the Amalgamated Transit Union, confirmed today that the garage was closed due to the infection, though the transit service will continue.

Dave Reage, the director of Halifax Transit, says maintenance staff on the evening shift were sent home as the building is thoroughly cleaned, and the Thursday morning shift had been advised not to report to work.

The City of Halifax issued a release saying Public Health has identified people who were in close contact with the garage worker, and will direct those people to spend two weeks in self isolation.

Wilson says the union wants the transit agency to hold a 24-hour pause on the service to clean the buses and facilities.

He's also advocating for a shift in policy where the bus service is limited to retail, health and other essential workers.