Updated: 4/14/20

Customers should wear cloth face coverings on Metro

Your safety and well-being, and the safety and well-being of our frontline employees, is our top priority. With that in mind, Metro is requesting that all customers follow recently updated CDC guidance by wearing a cloth face covering while traveling on Metro. Specifically, the use of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged aboard all buses, trains, and MetroAccess vehicles, as well as in rail stations, bus terminals and other transit facilities.

The use of simple, homemade cloth face coverings can help slow the spread of the virus and help people who have the virus but don’t know it avoid transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be made from everyday household items at low cost.

How to make a homemade cloth face covering

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Some jurisdictions served by Metro require the use of face coverings in public settings.  

Read the CDC recommendation

While the use of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged on Metro, you will not be denied transportation if you refuse to wear one. The same guidance applies to Metro employees, who are encouraged to wear face coverings, but are not required to do so. Also, face coverings are not provided by Metro, so please plan ahead. Keep in mind that many essential businesses, such as grocery stores, already require the use of face coverings in order to enter their business.