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Golden Gate Transit and Ferry Limiting Passengers On Board, Requiring Use of Face Masks

April 15, 2020 04:00 PM
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Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry are limiting the number of passengers on its buses and ferries to ensure compliance with social distancing public health orders, and are now requiring all bus and ferry riders over two (2) years of age to wear a face mask or face covering while boarding and riding in one of our vehicles or vessels. Riders may be refused service if they do not have a face covering. A face covering is any fabric or cloth that covers the nose and mouth. 

In order to ensure six-foot social distancing on buses, Golden Gate Transit is limiting passenger numbers to 9 on its 40-foot buses and 11 on the agency's larger 45-foot buses. This means that a bus may be at capacity when it gets to a stop, requiring riders to wait for the next bus arrival or find an alternative route to reach their destination. Golden Gate Ferry is also limiting the number of ferry passengers based on vessel size to allow for proper distancing. Once passenger limits are reached, ferry boarding will be restricted and buses will perform passenger drop-offs only. All riders should have flexible travel plans during this difficult time. 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District), which operates Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry, has followed recommendations from the CDC and state and local public health officials when implementing measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public. As part of these measures, the District continues to disinfect all buses and ferries on a daily basis, provide personal protective equipment to all bus operators and ferry staff, and implement social distancing protocols on all buses, ferries, and District facilities.

More information on the District's health and safety measures taken in response to COVID-19 can be found at goldengate.org/covid-19.

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Media Contact:

Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz / Public Affairs Manager
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
pcosulich@goldengate.org / 415-629-9999 (text is best)

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