As Ontario's lockdown continues to force residents to stay two meters apart from one another, TTC's social distancing rules continue to change. In their newest effort to get commuters to keep their distance, riders may notice that seating has become more limited. The transit agency announced that they will now be duct taping certain seats on their vehicles. 

According to the TTC, duct tape will be temporarily placed on certain buses and streetcars across the city so that passengers will not be able to sit too closely together. 

“To enable physical distancing, TTC has started to block off seats on our vehicles. We do not have a permanent solution in place yet, so for the time being, some seats will be blocked using duct tape or caution tape. Vehicles will be slowly updated,” read a tweet from TTC Customer Service.

However, the transit agency also reveals that this is not a permanent solution to the social distancing issues that they are facing. 

Photos of the taped-off seats began popping up on Thursday morning, with customers praising the initiative.

“Kudos to the bus driver of 21a this should have been done from the very start,” wrote one user who shared an image of the new practice.

Earlier this month, TTC drivers were told by the union to start limiting the number of passengers in buses to 15. 

Yet, Tory explained to CP24 that it wouldn’t “be practical” for the city to try to limit the capacity of vehicles by preventing customers from boarding.

“You would have to have somebody standing at every back door at every stop in the city, counting passengers. Effectively what we have tried to do is to have the limit achieved by ensuring there are enough buses to ensure the routes don’t get overcrowded,” he said.

The TTC has set in place several new protective measures since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario.

Rear door boarding and discontinuing the use of the farebox are some of the many measures that have been put in place over the past month to keep both drivers and commuters safe. 

However, despite these new measures, footage showing busy subway trains and crowded stations continue to pop on social media. 

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