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October 23, 2020

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Ashton Avenue

Released: 8:12 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 4:38 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-storey home in the 0-100 block of Ashton Avenue.

When crews arrived, they encountered a well-involved fire with flames and smoke coming from the home. Crews launched an offensive attack and declared the fire under control at 5:27 a.m.

All occupants of the home self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. Crews transported three patients to hospital in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

Leila Avenue temporarily closed this weekend

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Eastbound Leila Avenue through the intersection at McPhillips Street will be temporarily closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 24 until 9 a.m. on Monday, October 26 for a water main repair.

Motorists must use alternate routes while this closure is in place.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates.

Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit

Released: 2:53 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living has indicated of a potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit on Friday, October 16.

A passenger rode route 71 at 4 p.m., boarding at a stop on Sinclair Street and exiting at the corner of Arlington Street and Aberdeen Avenue.

Whenever Winnipeg Transit is made aware of a potential COVID-19 exposure, scheduling information is cross-referenced, and any operators identified to have been driving potentially affected buses are notified so appropriate follow-up measures can be taken.

Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.

Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks that cover the mouth, nose and chin on buses and in Transit Plus vehicles on August 29, 2020, in addition to other measures brought in as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff.

These measures include an enhanced sanitization program that sees all buses treated with a hospital grade sanitizer at least once every 48 hours, using electrostatic sprayers aimed primarily at high-touch point areas. You can learn more about the cleaning procedure in this video.

Passengers are reminded of their role in safe Transit use, and asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  • Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
  • Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
  • Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
  • Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
  • Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
  • If you are sick; follow advice to isolate and do not take public transit.

Passengers are also reminded that single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centres as part of our efforts to educate the public on the mask requirement. More information about how to wear a mask safely and our ongoing efforts to keep Transit safe is available on the Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19 page.

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