Face Coverings Required on Transit
Effective February 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal mandate requiring all passengers to wear masks or face coverings when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking transit buses.
This mandate includes individuals at transit facilities.
A face covering must:
- Cover the passenger’s nose and mouth
- Include two or more layers of tightly woven fabric
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
NOTE: Bandanas, single layer gaiters, scarves, and balaclavas are no longer acceptable coverings.
As of May 18, 2020, all passengers are required to wear a face covering on transit buses and in transit facilities to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All face coverings must cover the passenger’s nose and mouth.
This requirement is consistent with the CDC recommendations to wear face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which are critical supplies for healthcare workers and first responders during this pandemic. Please note that transit operators will make periodic announcements to remind passengers about this policy, and Required Face Covering notices will be posted at TTD transit facilities.
“TTD is continuing to monitor Nevada and California state guidance to implement the most rigorous standards to ensure the safety of transit operators and the community,” said Carl Hasty, district manager of the Tahoe Transportation District. “Face coverings, fare-free service, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices are among a number of heightened safety measures TTD has implemented to make our transit system as safe as possible while ensuring mobility and access for essential workers and services during this public health crisis.”
The CDC advises that face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of two, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance. For more information on these guidelines, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
TTD also asks the community to continue maintaining 6-feet physical distancing between transit operators and passengers, and please observe the buffer zone of empty seats around transit operators.
TTD continues to monitor and implement the latest recommendations from local, state, and federal health officials, including CDC guidelines for transit operators. These include:
- Physical distancing
- Back-door entry/exiting, when possible
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
- Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which is available on all buses and in transit centers.
TTD also introduced a fare-free program to eliminate fare exchanges, which helps minimize risks by enabling passengers and operators to follow physical distancing guidelines. Other policies TTD has implemented to combat COVID-19 include: daily and nightly sanitizing of bus contact surfaces; use of gloves and face coverings; contingency planning for transit services and operations; daily communications with local health and emergency services officials; virtual meetings; and remote work, for employees who can do so.
Current Prevention Tips:
We are urging passengers and employees to proactively protect themselves and others. The CDC recommends the following personal proactive steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – cdc.gov