Metro Transit updates pandemic procedures, implements federal mask mandate
February 1, 2021
Effective Monday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m., face coverings must be worn to ride Metro Transit buses and paratransit vans and access Metro facilities. Riders not wearing an appropriate face covering will be denied service.
Metro is following requirements from the Center for Disease Control’s public transportation mask order and Executive Order 13998 to ensure that riders wear face coverings on Metro vehicles and at transit facilities to maintain a safe transit environment and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order further reinforces Metro’s current face covering requirement.
“Metro has provided vital connections throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to be a lifeline for our community,” said Metro’s CEO, Lauren Cencic. “We ask that our riders do their part to ensure that our system is as safe as possible and that we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
Metro is asking riders to take additional measures such as washing hands often and social distancing when possible.
Metro continues to take additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Adding an anti-microbial coating during Metro’s ongoing bus seat cleaning process
- Using an electrostatic sprayer on all buses and paratransit vehicles every evening, which disperses a CDC-approved disinfectant across all interior surfaces
- Trading out buses mid-day on the busiest routes for extra cleaning due to high ridership
- Installing safety shields around driver seats to reduce contact between drivers and riders; Metro staff are required to wear face coverings while operating a Metro vehicle or at a Metro facility
- Continuing a rigorous daily cleaning schedule with an increased concentration of disinfectant