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Saint John Transit operator sparks creativity from local youth with a fun ‘Wear a Mask’ campaign

Saint John Transit has collaborated with students and teachers at Millidgeville North, Princess Elizabeth and Forest Hills schools to promote the importance of wearing masks on all City buses.

An idea that originated from transit operator Doug Creamer has come to life. “I had the idea and was encouraged to run with it and reach out to schools,” says Creamer. “The schools were very receptive to the initiative because of the fun and educational components.”

In total, students created over 200 colourful posters, a selection of which will be displayed on multiple City buses beginning the week of November 9 to remind and encourage everyone to always wear their mask.

Under the current provincial Mandatory Order, masks must be worn in most indoor spaces, including all City buses, and according to Marc Dionne, General Manager Saint John Transit, compliance and feedback from riders has been positive.

“This creative partnership with local schools will add a fun new visual to our standard signage and messaging,” says Dionne. “We were pleased to have one of our operators come forward with the idea, and really impressed with how quickly the students were able to produce amazing artwork. It’s a true community art project.”

Saint John Transit has implemented extensive COVID-19 protocols to protect the public and employees. As a community, we must continue to remain vigilant. By taking the necessary precautions like wearing a face mask, washing our hands, physical distancing and self-monitoring for symptoms, we can limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

A reminder that if you are experiencing any symptoms to take the self-assessment online or call 811.

Picture: Students from Millidgeville North School and Saint John Transit Operator, Doug Creamer