From a February 18, 2021, Community Transit newsletter.
Community Transit is deeply committed to providing a safe experience for all riders and our employees.
Health officials continue to advise that the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a face covering to limit infected individuals from spreading the disease.
Washington State has mandated mask wearing on public transit for several months and our customers have done a great job of keeping themselves and each other safe – nearly 99% of riders across our system are wearing masks on our buses.
A new federal order has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that requires riders to properly wear face masks when using public transit vehicles and when on property where customers board, exit or wait for a transit vehicle.
To make the best effort to comply with the CDC order, Community Transit will enforce customer mask compliance, effective earlier this month. As noted above, 99% of our riders are wearing masks on our buses. We will continue to offer free masks on all of our buses if customers do not bring their own.
According to the CDC order, refusing to wear a mask or face covering is a federal violation and passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law.
To learn more about how we are complying with this order, please visit https://www.communitytransit.org/coronavirus.
Thank you for following this new mandate to help protect yourself, your fellow riders and transit workers and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.