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COTA to Require Passengers to Wear Masks

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Require Passengers to Wear Masks
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Starting on Wednesday, April 15, the Central Ohio Transit Authority will be requiring all riders to wear face masks. Scarves, bandanas, and homemade masks are all considered appropriate for use, as long as they securely cover the mouth and nose.

“We are determined to take every step we can in order to protect the health of our operators and those customers using COTA for essential travel,” said Joanna M. Pinkerton, COTA president and CEO, in a statement. “If customers must travel, we ask that they practice social distancing to protect themselves, other customers and operators, who are dedicated to providing essential service during this crucial time.”

The new requirement is the latest in a series of steps the agency has taken to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including cutting back service, making all bus rides free, and establishing a new policy that called for passengers to board the bus at the side door instead of at the front. COTA also implemented a policy to cap the total number of passengers on a bus at 20.

Two COTA bus drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the agency, and some have gone public with concerns about their safety.

The latest information on service and policy changes at COTA is available at COTA.com

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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