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Face coverings required to ride NCTD buses and trains beginning May 1

To comply with the County of San Diego public health order related to COVID-19, the North County Transit District (NCTD) will require all passengers to wear face coverings while using the transit system beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. This requirement will be in effect for all passengers riding buses and trains, while on transit property, or in transit facilities.  

The following rules will be in effect beginning May 1: 

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times when riding transit and on transit property 
  • Face coverings must cover the rider’s nose and mouth  
  • Per the County of San Diego website, face coverings include masks (purchased or homemade), bandanas, scarves, and neck gaiters 
  •  “NCTD is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our customers, our employees, and the general public. We will continue to follow the direction of health organizations, including this newest order issued by the County of San Diego,” said Tony Kranz, NCTD Board Chair and Encinitas councilmember. “Each of us can contribute to the effort to keep all of us safe.”
  • NCTD is following the guidelines set forth by the County of San Diego which states: “Starting May 1, everyone must wear face coverings anywhere in public where they come within 6 feet of another person.” As described by the California Department of Public Health, “a cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen.” Passengers can visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for guidelines on making and using a homemade face covering. 
  • To slow the spread of COVID-19, NCTD has enhanced its cleaning and disinfecting procedures on all vehicles and at stations. 
  • Riders must enter and exit through the rear door of the bus. Senior and ADA passengers are allowed to enter and exit through the front door as normal 

Social distancing:  

  • The distance separating passengers from the bus operator has been increased to six feet  
  • Social distancing messages have been posted on all buses  
  • Operators are now allowed to do a visual inspection of fares to keep from touching cash or other personal items.

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