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COAST Bus Service To Require Riders And Drivers Wear Masks

COAST bus
Via COAST on Twitter

The COAST bus service on the Seacoast will require passengers to wear face masks while aboard its vehicles starting next Monday.

The transit service says it's following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as COVID cases increase in New Hampshire. Riders will be offered pre-wrapped disposable masks for the first couple of weeks of the rule.

COAST employees are also required to wear masks in most cases.

Some passengers are exempt from the rule under CDC advice. COAST officials are asking passengers not to bother other riders who may not be wearing a mask.

Masks have also been required on the bus service in Concord since September. In Manchester, they're encouraged but not required.

COAST is also offering free rides to the polls on Election Day. Riders should just tell their driver they're on their way to or from voting.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that riders will be required to wear masks while in COAST bus stops. This is not the case. This story has been updated.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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