MTD On Board with Phase 4 of Restore Illinois
According to the State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website (coronavirus.illinois.gov), millions of Illinoisans working together by staying at home and following experts’ recommendations have proven that mitigation and social distancing measures have to date been effective against the spread of COVID-19. The result has been a lower infection rate, fewer hospitalizations, and a lower number of fatalities. Now that Illinois is bending the curve, it is vitally important that our community follows a safe and deliberate path forward.
In accordance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s five phase Restore Illinois Plan, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District continues to offer public transportation as a means to access not only essential services within the community, but the evolving and distinct business, education, and recreation activities that are reopening under the Plan.
In Phase 4, gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed, restaurants and bars can reopen with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including providing personal protective equipment for employees. Travel resumes, and childcare and schools can reopen under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Face coverings and social distancing have become the norm.
The Governor’s current Executive Order requires people over age two to use a mask or face covering when in a public place, like an MTD bus or while waiting at Illinois Terminal, and they are unable to maintain at least a six-foot social distance.
MTD is regularly updating and adding to our external and internal signage on our vehicles illustrating current rear-door boarding procedures and the expectation to wear a mask. Unmasked passengers boarding our buses or entering MTD’s Illinois Terminal are asked to wear a mask/face covering, and if they do not have one, MTD employees are providing individually bagged masks for customers.
MTD is investing resources in providing masks to our employees and the public, as well as educating our passengers through several channels, including onboard the bus, inside our facilities, at passenger information kiosks, and across our social media platforms. Supervisory Staff are also providing support and follow up seven days a week, across all shifts.
MTD is committed to maintaining transit access, frequent service, and mobility opportunities for our passengers. We will continue to work with our community partners to be responsive and adaptive so we may deliver the safest and healthiest service possible.