COTA to make face masks obligatory for passengers
In order to prevent the widely spreading coronavirus, The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) made face masks mandatory for passengers on all transit vehicles from April 15th.
COTA won’t provide mask to passengers. However, It stated masks can be medical, homemade, scarves or bandannas. They must be secure & must cover the nose and mouth.
The requirement is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention & the Ohio Department of Health. Both the CDC & ODH recommend masks to be worn in public to help prevent the COVID-19 virus from passing it onto others.
“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. He urged customers to practice social distancing to protect themselves.
The Agency has started an essential-only travel policy earlier this week. It also began mandatory temperature checks for all employess entering COTA facilities. The authority also distributed masks to all employees. It also limited the number of riders on each transit vehicle to 20.