ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Masks will continue to be required on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (The path) buses and vehicles until September 13, the organization announced in an email on Tuesday.
Although state guidelines for wearing masks are changing, face masks will continue to be mandatory on all highway buses and commuter bus systems by order of the Transportation Security Administration.
On Tuesday, TheRide sent an email reminding users of the mask requirement.
“The TSA’s federal mask requirement aims to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in public transportation, and TheRide remains dedicated to protecting the health and safety of its drivers and employees,” said Bryan D Smith, deputy general manager of TheRide operations in the email. .
“That is why we will continue to take a cautious and measured approach to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by respectfully asking our passengers to comply with federal law by wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance when wait and take the bus, ”Smith said.
“As our communities move in the right direction and the vaccination rate increases, we know that masks remain an important tool in beating this pandemic. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and local authorities to assess the need for these guidelines and to recognize the significant level of compliance to date.
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Those exempted from this requirement include TheRide users under the age of 2 and people with certain disabilities, officials said.
An existing civil fine structure will remain in place until September 13. Fines start at $ 250 and rise to $ 1,500 for those who repeatedly ignore the federal face mask requirement, the email said.
TheRide has taken many preventative measures and restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:
Require customers to wear a face mask, according to federal law
Only approaching drivers are for emergencies
Cleaning of buses according to protocols recommended by the CDC
Transit centers are only open for customer transactions
Social distancing signs posted in buses and transit centers
A limited number of passengers allowed on each bus
Plastic barriers separating drivers and runners
Provision of sanitary supplies to employees.
Provide masks, gloves and face shields to drivers
Temporarily suspend the collection of lost and found items
For more information on TheRide, bus routes and its precautions, call 734-996-0400 or www.theride.org
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