ST. LOUIS – Everyone who boards a Metro bus or train must wear a face mask during the ride, Metro Transit announced Monday. This is to help protect both passengers and employees from the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The policy also applies to Metro Call-A-Ride.Non-medical masks, scarves, handkerchiefs, bandanas and other types of cloth coverings are fine so long as they fit over the nose and mouth.
The policy doesn’t apply to children ages 2 and under, or to people who have trouble breathing, are incapacitated or are unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Metro employees will refuse to allow a person without face mask to board or to continue to ride.
On March 21, to reduce contact between bus operators and passengers, Metro stopping collecting fares on MetroBus, and riders have been boarding buses via the rear doors to help protect the driver.
Metro has also announced that as of June 1, MetroBus passengers will again have to pay to ride, and will board through the front doors.
Metro has provided all of its drivers with masks and gloves. It has limited passenger numbers; installed plastic shields around drivers; and made other changes to service to encourage social distancing.
“With these measures now in place, Metro anticipates being able to resume fare collection, while continuing to address the health and safety of operators and passengers,” Metro’s website states.
For more information or help, transit riders can call Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or text 314-207-9786, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Updates will be posted at metrostlouis.org/health.