Brandon Air Shuttle has reponded to social media comments, made this week, that the company may not be complying with the latest provincial directives to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Q Country/Star FM news received this emailed response from Brandon Air Shuttle.
"The Brandon Air Shuttle has been in compliance with the Emergency Measures Directive issued Friday March 20, 2020.
We have reduced our capacity in order to keep 1 to 2 meters between passengers. We went to the expense of putting 2 vehicles on one run last Sunday, for example in order to to comply with the above Directive. Nobody forced us to do that. We could have said "too bad" and left people to fend for themselves.
The drivers have been issued sanitizing wipes which are offered to the passengers.
We must maintain this vital link between Dauphin-Brandon-Winnipeg as long as possible. People have been desperately trying to get home to their loved ones - including elderly parents/grandparents. People also still need to travel for serious medical treatments including dialysis, cancer, heart disease etc. Those issues haven't gone away.
The Brandon Hospital uses the shuttle to transport last minute supplies from Winnipeg. The Correction centres (including Brandon, Headingly, Milner Ridge, etc) are sending people from their facilities home early. It was explained to us that they are quite unlikely to be carriers of the virus since they have been sequestered in the facilities for some time.
We have had people on the shuttle who have travelled internationally, however it is up to our Government of Canada to screen such individuals at the port of entry. That is not our job.
Our current runs are few and far between. The loads are now one to two people, therefore social distancing is not difficult to obtain.
We are bending over backwards to help people and still comply with the EMO directive.
No one is forcing people to book passage on the Brandon Shuttle. If people are elderly, have a pre-existing condition which reduces their immunity, or live with someone who matches that description, it is best that they use individual vehicles for their transportation needs.
People need to know that things will get better with time."
The comments had been made on People of Brandon's Facebook page.