Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) riders must now wear masks.
According to a release, DART passengers will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on DART vehicles or properties in response to the increased spread of COVID-19.
The new rule is in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott's Executive Order which begins July 3 at 12 noon.
Face coverings over both the mouth and nose will be required when riding the following:
- DART buses
- paratransit vehicles
- Trinity Railway Express trains
- at DART stations
- on DART platforms
- in DART buildings
- on board the Dallas Streetcar
According to a spokesperson, masks were previously only "recommended" on DART but not required. "DART is located in five counties and not all had a mask requirement," the spokesperson says.
Now that it's state-wide, ba-da-bing ba-da-boom.
DART joins DFW Airport, which made masks mandatory on property on July 2.
DART’s other initiatives, which can be found at dart.org/health, include enhanced cleaning protocols for all vehicles, stations and buildings; and enforced social distancing and reduced passenger capacity on vehicles. They've slapped up posters reminding riders about wearing face coverings and socially distancing.
The agency has also provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees and and installed respiratory droplet Plexiglass shields between operators and passengers.
The new requirement remains in place for all DART properties until further notice.