Department of Health Face Covering Order
STA to Enforce Department of Health Face Covering Order
Stringent Safety and Sanitation Protocols Continue
STA is requiring all customers to wear face coverings following the release of the latest mandate from the State of Washington Department of Health and Governor Jay Inslee that “requires every person in WA to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting, including, but not limited to:
- Any building, including, but not limited to, any business that is open to the public,
- While in line waiting for or riding public transportation or paratransit,
- In outdoor public areas, including but not limited to public parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, lines for entry, exit or service and recreation areas, when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from any non-household member."
STA supports the collective public effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Beginning July 1, while the supply lasts, face coverings will be available on buses and vans for customers who may not have one. They are also available at the Customer Service window at the STA Plaza.
Because the Department of Health’s mandate contains an enforcement provision, coach and van operators are required to deny service to customers not wearing a face covering beginning July 1. Exceptions will be permitted for those individuals with medical conditions and children under age five.
Coach and van operators are also required to wear M5, N95, or KN95 masks when they are unable to sustain a distance of six feet between themselves and others.
These additional precautions and safety measures remain in effect:
- Transit passengers are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing by spreading out on the bus. Face coverings are available to passengers at the STA Plaza while supplies last.
- Transit passengers are instructed to remain at least six feet away from coach operators after boarding the bus.
- The STA Plaza and most of its business tenants remain open, although there is no public seating or waiting inside the building.
- Increased disinfectant protocols for passenger vehicles and transit facilities will continue.
- STA will share important health and safety practices recommended by the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), including proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Rides for Seniors – People age 60 and over can continue to use Paratransit vans to travel door-to-door to their destinations. Call (509) 328-1552 for more information or to reserve a trip. Beginning July 1, the $2.00 fare will be collected for this service.