WeGo Public Transit reinforces mask mandate aboard transit vehicles

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 12:59:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As public transit in Nashville continues operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, WeGo Public Transit is reinforcing its mask mandate for all who are on board their vehicles.

WeGo instituted a policy requiring WeGo employees, contractors, visitors and customers to wear masks when interacting with WeGo staff, visiting WeGo facilities or riding buses and trains.

With the number of riders expected to increase as schools and universities return to class, WeGo says they are stressing the importance of wearing a mask while riding transit vehicles.

"While ridership currently lags behind pre-COVID norms, we are still providing around 12,000 rides each weekday,” WeGo Public Transit CEO Steve Bland said. “When schools and universities return to on-campus learning, we are anticipating that those numbers will return to near normal as students return to school and various parts of the economy begin to reopen. This makes increasing mask use on transit all the more critical a goal to protect the communities we serve each day.”

WeGo staff will begin riding buses the week of August 10 to encourage mask use, while also handing out masks if a customer is without one.

Masks and individual hand sanitizers are currently available while supplies last, free of charge, at the customer information window at WeGo Central.