Face coverings required on buses per governor’s executive order

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. 

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.

Other health and safety measures

  • MVTA encourages customers to use Go-To Cards when possible for fare payment.

  • Go-To Card machines are available outside at Apple Valley Transit Station, Burnsville Transit Station and at locations throughout the metro area. Go-To Cards can also be purchased online at https://store.metrotransit.org/

  • To protect customers and drivers, partitions have been installed on buses between the driver and the fare box.

  • MVTA has adopted recommendations from the CDC on enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures on buses. 

  • Air filters are changed daily on the buses daily.

  • The number of customers on buses are limited to comply with social distancing guidelines and allow for adequate spacing.

  • MVTA transit stations and park and ride facilities remain closed to limit congregating.

  • Paper products and pocket schedules have been removed from buses to reduce material handling. Schedules are available online at mvta.com.

Customer safety

Customers are urged to do their part to maintain health and safety for everyone.

  • Comply with the requirement to wear face coverings.

  • Limit touching of surfaces and use Go-To Cards for fare payment when possible.

  • Maintain distance between you and others.

  • Limit talking while riding the bus.

For more information, contact MVTA Customer Service by email at mvta@mvta.com or call 952-882-7500.

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