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Valley Metro to require face coverings for all public transportation riders

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 08:12:19-04

PHOENIX — People who use public transportation through Valley Metro will be required to wear face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with Valley Metro announced Friday that all riders will be required to wear the coverings beginning Wednesday, July 1.

The mandate, made by the Valley Metro Boards of Directors, includes all public transit services: bus, light rail, paratransit, Dial-A-Ride and vanpool. This includes on-board vehicles and at stops, stations and transit centers.

According to a statement from the public transit company, a face covering must cover the rider’s nose and mouth and can include a bandana or scarf. Children under the age of two should not wear face coverings, as well as those with medical conditions preventing them from wearing masks.

Valley Metro will offer masks to riders through field staff, outreach events and mobile distribution.