Ontario Northland is reducing passenger bus service between Northern Ontario and Toronto, including routes out of North Bay and Sudbury.
The change was made effective Feb. 7.
Bus service between North Bay and Toronto, and Sudbury and Toronto, will be reduced as a response to a decline in ridership due to COVID-19. The company said the move is also being done to support the current provincial stay-at-home order.
"It is a temporary reduction while still providing, at minimum, a daily service to Toronto from North Bay and Sudbury for essential travel and parcel shipping," Renee Baker, ONR's communications manager, told BayToday in an email on Wednesday.
Impacted routes include Toronto-to-North Bay and Toronto-to-Sudbury. Four of eight trips between Toronto and North Bay are cancelled as are two of six trips between Toronto and Sudbury.
The ONR said COVID-19 health and safety measures remain in effect. Passengers are required to wear a mask and should be prepared for health screening prior to boarding.
"Ontario Northland has always encouraged travelling for essential purposes only, such as attending a medical appointment, travelling for work, or to access essential supplies," added Baker.