Valley Metro is now asking all passengers to wear a face covering when traveling on bus, light rail, Dial-a-Ride and paratransit services. This practice will help keep passengers safe, which remains the goal when riding Valley Metro. So why are face coverings so important right now in the battle against COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing cloth face coverings in public settings around others, especially when it is difficult to maintain social distancing, is recommended. Social distancing might not always be possible in public. If you can stay six feet away from another passenger, we do ask you to do so.
The basis of the face covering recommendation from the CDC stems from research and evidence on the role of respiratory droplets and how they assist the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings reduce those droplets from spraying into the air and thus spreading to others.
The practice of requiring face coverings on public transit is not unique to the Phoenix area. Other major cities across the United States have implemented similar guidelines.
Other systems with face covering requirements include LA Metro, San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System, Chicago Transit Authority, SEPTA in Philadelphia and Metrorail in Miami.
With the amount of people who rely on public transit for essential trips, ensuring the safety of passengers is more important than ever. Wearing a face covering is proven to protect not only yourself, but those around you as well. So please, cover up on Valley Metro.