Face coverings required on buses per governor’s executive order

Starting Saturday, July 25, customers are required to wear face coverings on MVTA buses and other public transit, according to an executive order signed Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene, according to the governor’s order.

Face coverings can be a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering. A face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. 

People exempted from the requirement are people with medical conditions and children under age 2.

MVTA has been encouraging face covering use and other social distancing measures since the onset of COVID-19 to protect customers and staff. MVTA has a limited number of face masks available on buses for riders who forget their face coverings.

While the state of Minnesota expects that individuals will voluntarily comply with the face covering requirement to keep their fellow Minnesotans safe, there are consequences for violations that can include petty misdemeanor citations and fines for people. The governor’s executive order advises the public to report suspected violations to local law enforcement.

For more details on the face covering requirement, go to https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html.

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