TARC & MV Transportation Requiring TARC3 Passengers to Wear Face Coverings to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

May 22, 2021

In a continued effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in cooperation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, TARC3 passengers will be required to wear a face covering beginning Wednesday, May 27 and until further notice.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Acceptable face coverings include cloth, bandanas, scarfs, or masks. Coverings should be secured over the nose and mouth, fit appropriately, and be otherwise compliant with CDC directives. Cloth or medical masks are acceptable and homemade face coverings using household items are also acceptable.

The only exceptions to the new face covering requirement are children under age 2, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, or anyone who has trouble breathing.

This new face covering requirement will improve the health and safety of TARC3 passengers and drivers,” said Laura Douglas, TARC Co-Executive Director.  “It is important to continue supporting the best measures of prevention to help stop the spread of COVID-19 whenever and wherever possible.”

Though the new face covering requirement may place additional burdens on TARC3 customers, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect the health of our team members and our community. While personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, remain in short supply, it is crucial that TARC3’s workers and that those they come into contact with are protected.

The CDC has provided information on how to make a mask at home with simple household items that can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

In a continued effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, TARC and MV Transportation are working in close partnership with local, state, and national public health agencies. Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, all fixed-route buses, TARC3 vehicles, and TARC facilities are cleaned and sanitized frequently in accordance with CDC guidelines.

For additional information on TARC’s Response to COVID-19 please visit ridetarc.org, or click here.