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Mask Use on Public Transit Buses is Mandatory!

Feb 2, 2021

ADVANCE TRANSIT, INC’S MANDATORY MASK POLICY FOR ALL RIDERS

Effective January 31st, 2021 and pursuant to Order under Section 261 of the public Health Service Act and Code 42 of Federal Regulations and pursuant to the US Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration security directive 1582/84-21-01, all riders on all public conveyances must wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth. The CDC order implements President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, “to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”

Exemptions to this requirement now require documentation that must be reviewed and approved by Advance Transit, Inc.’s management and be supported with information from a licensed medical provider. A rider seeking an exemption must ALSO provide evidence to Advance Transit of a recent (within the past 7 days) negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of at least a first immunization against the COVID-19 virus, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

Please note: an exemption from the mask requirement rule continues to be allowed for children aged 2 and under. For more information you may call Advance Transit at (802) 295-1824 ext 203.

Please – bring and use your own face coverings. Thanks to community volunteers we do have some masks available on buses, but supplies are limited at this time.

Please – continue to observe social distancing guidelines in place in NH, VT and other states that encourage separation of at least six feet.

Please – help us to stay safe so that we may continue to serve you.

THANK YOU for your cooperation and for respecting the health and safety of your drivers and fellow passengers!

ALL ADVANCE TRANSIT ROUTES ARE LIMITING NUMBER OF RIDERS ON BUS AT ANY ONE TIME

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Announcement for AT Riders 
To allow for safer distancing between riders Advance Transit is implementing rider limits on all buses in both New Hampshire and Vermont:
• 35’ Gillig buses 17 riders (normally buses on the Red and Blue routes)
• 30’ Gillig buses 13 riders (normally buses on the Green, Orange, Brown and Yellow routes)
• 14′ Chevy buses (16 passenger)- 8 riders (Hanover Shuttles)
• 18′ Ford buses 10 riders (also Hanover Shuttles)

The only exception will be for families to allow them on so they are not separated.
Advance Transit has completed the installation of physical barriers between passenger seat rows on all AT buses. The main way that the COVID-19 virus spreads is from person to person through respiratory droplets when people cough, sneeze or talk. The installation of the plastic barriers is for the protection of our riders.
These barriers are in addition to requiring all passengers wear a mask throughout their travel on the bus and maintain social distancing. All AT buses are cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day’s service; our drivers are screening daily before driving by taking their temperature and assessing other potential symptoms; all drivers’ seating is screening from passengers; all AT facilities are disinfected daily, employees are screened daily and employees and guests are required to wear a mask when moving throughout the facility.
AT is concerned about the safety of our riders and our employees. We will continue to diligently work to prevent or minimize the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. We appreciate the support of our riders through their compliance with required safety practices.

STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

For your safety and the safety of your fellow riders and your driver, we require riders and employees to avoid travel on Advance Transit if they are ill and suspect it might be COVID 19 or have been diagnosed with COVID 19. Please read the other helpful information below:

Our buses are cleaned thoroughly every night upon their return from their day’s work which does include disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

For more information on the CORONAVIRUS visit the Center for Disease Control website.