Canada is starting to gradually reopen. Part of that includes VIA Rail's Toronto to Montreal service, which is increasing as demand grows. Other lines running between Quebec and Ontario will also have more availability.
In a May 21 update, the company announced that as of June 3, it will be increasing service between the neighbouring provinces.
This includes resuming train service on previously cancelled 62 and 669 Toronto-Kingston-Montréal lines, as well as the 52, 48, and 59 Toronto-Kingston-Ottawa lines.
These lines will run in addition to the 66 and 63 Toronto-to-Montreal trains and the 53 from Toronto to Ottawa.
VIA Rail says that the increase in service is due to the "progressive deconfinement implemented by public health authorities in Québec and Ontario."
Both provinces have gradually started reopening sectors of their economies, including some retail stores.
The company took measures early on to ensure that its passengers and employees would be protected from COVID-19.
This included stocking trains with facemasks and hand sanitizer, along with increased cleaning protocols.
Any passengers who are experiencing symptoms related to the virus may be denied boarding.
Refunds were also offered without any conditions for cancellations through the months of March and April. This policy has since been extended to November 1.
Some lines remain completely cancelled during this time, including the Canadian (which runs all the way from Toronto to Vancouver) and the Ocean (which goes from Montreal to Halifax). Both have been shut down until at least November 1.
Canada's travel restrictions have been implemented for almost all modes of transport.
Anyone flying on Air Canada is now required to have their temperature taken and wear a mask for the entirety of their trip.
While air travel has been largely limited, an Air Canada employee said he thinks that Canadians will be able to travel again by December.