Coronavirus Update: BART Riders Required To Wear Masks On Trains, In Stations

BART transit officials have announced that all riders will be required to wear masks on trains and in stations starting on Wednesday as tougher shelter-in-place requirements go into effects in the Bay Area counties served by the agency.

Coronavirus Update: BART Riders Required To Wear Masks On Trains, In Stations

OAKLAND (KPIX) — Starting Wednesday, BART will begin enforcing county health orders that require people to wear face coverings while riding trains, waiting in the stations or even being in the parking lot.

“The public health ordinances require it. They specifically mention BART, the bus agencies, Uber, Lyft, and taxis,” said BART Spokesperson Alicia Trost.

On Wednesday morning, health orders in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties will all require face masks in public settings.

The orders require BART to take reasonable measures to remind the public that they need facing coverings and “must take all reasonable steps to prohibit any member of the public who is not wearing a face covering from entering and must not serve that person if those efforts are unsuccessful and seek to remove that person.”

Many BART riders have been voluntarily wearing masks for the last few weeks, but not everyone.

BART says that is going to change.

“Beginning Wednesday, you must have a face covering to ride BART or even just be on our property including our parking lots,” Trost said.

BART says notifications will be going up at all the stations, and verbal reminders will be announced on loudspeakers.

“As I see it getting more and more crowded, I’m definitely with that,” said BART Rider Chris Cooper at the Fremont station.

BART Police, not station agents, will be enforcing the order.

“It makes me feel safer, so they should feel safer,” said Ken Ramshaw, who was waiting for a ride in the BART pick up area.

Violators could be asked to leave BART. BART officials said failure to comply with the emergency health order is a misdemeanor.

But BART says it will work with riders not in compliance before any penalties happen.

“The first step is, can we get creative with this? Do you have even a shirt you can pull up to cover part of your face? But if not, we will have to send you away, we will have to follow those county rules,” Trost said.

Officials said riders should not confront others without a face covering. If someone isn’t wearing a face covering, riders should move away from the individual.

BART says the new rules will be in effect until further notice.

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Coronavirus Testing Program Launched For Latinos Living In San Francisco Mission District

Latinx San Franciscans make up 23% of coronavirus cases in the city, yet only 16% of the population. That’s part of the reason the University of California, San Francisco wants to test people living between South Van Ness Ave. and Harrison St., and Cesar Chavez Blvd. and 23rd Street.

Coronavirus Testing Program Launched For Latinos Living In San Francisco Mission District

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Latinx San Franciscans make up 23% of coronavirus cases in the city, yet only 16% of the population. That’s part of the reason the University of California, San Francisco wants to test people living between South Van Ness Ave. and Harrison St., and Cesar Chavez Blvd. and 23rd Street.

UCSF is focusing its research project in this densely-populated area and is offering free tests to roughly 5,700 people who are age four or above, regardless of symptoms or lack thereof.

Online registration to get tested opened Tuesday and about 500 people had signed up already, including a mother who registered her entire family, even though no one has shown symptoms. She said, “This is a great opportunity for people to know how to protect their families.”

Santiago Lerma lives in the city’s Mission District and is a legislative aide in Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office. “Through conjecture, you can see that there might be some things that folks aren’t doing in a community that could be making them more vulnerable,” said Lerma, who helped get people signed up for tests Tuesday while also educating them about flattening the curve.

“I can see that there’s a gap in the understanding in the community,” said Lerma. “It’s gotten better.”

Two types of tests will be done. First, a PCR test to determine whether a person is positive or negative, and second, an antibody test to determine if a person has been infected and developed antibodies against the disease.

“All the information that we’re trying to collect is strictly for usage in this project,” said Lerma. “There’s no identifying information and status is not even a question.”

Resident June Johnson is all for this testing and says someone in her building has the virus, which makes her want to get tested as soon as possible.

“I don’t think everybody’s going to get tested, plus you have to make an appointment,” said Johnson. “I read the flyer and they said it was free, but you have to get an appointment. I want to get tested.”

Door-to-door outreach will start Wednesday. Testing will take place at multiple locations throughout the Mission Saturday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 28th. For more information, visit Unidos en Salud – United in Health

 

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