Complimentary masks to be offered to those without them
A federal order that pertains to all public transit systems, including Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), has made it a requirement for passengers to wear face coverings, SCAT has announced.
The order says every public transportation operator must ensure that each person on a bus or transit vehicle wears a mask when boarding and disembarking, and public transportation operators are to use their best efforts to ensure compliance for the duration of travel, a county news release explains.
Although Sarasota County staff has been encouraging the wearing of face coverings for nearly a year, this order “applies to all who utilize SCAT’s services, including fixed routes, SCAT Plus” and the Siesta Key Breeze open-air trolley, the release adds.
Masks also are required at transportation hubs, the release adds; that applies to SCAT transfer stations.
Complimentary masks will be offered to riders who do not have one, the release points out.