Beginning on Monday, May 11, Los Angeles Metro will require all riders on buses and trains wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
“As we prepare to restore bus and rail service that has been reduced due to the pandemic, we want transit to be as safe as possible,” Metro said. “And we want our riders and employees to feel safe.”
The agency will enforce this requirement to the extent that is practical, according to Metro. Face coverings should not be placed on children under 2, anyone who have trouble breathing or is unable to remove the covering without assistance.
In early April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its position on face coverings and began recommending face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Metro has also taken other important steps to protect bus operators. it began rear-door boarding in March and at the same time mandated all bus operators to use the plexiglass shields that help seal the driving area.