COVID-19 Update

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Dear DC Circulator riders,

We are committed to continuing safe and reliable bus transit service to residents and commuters for essential trips during the public health emergency.

In accordance with Mayor’s Order 2020-066, passengers are now required to wear masks or face coverings while aboard our DC Circulator buses. This applies to all customers, with the following exceptions:

  • Children under the age of 9 years old (NOTE: Parents are strongly encouraged to have their children between 2 and 9 years old wear a mask or face covering in accordance with local and federal guidelines);
  • Individuals who cannot wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or who are unable to remove a mask without assistance.

In support of Mayor Bowser’s efforts to flatten the curve and keep District residents safe, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) continue to implement the following modifications to DC Circulator operations to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Fares are suspended on all routes through the end of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s declared public health emergency. Passengers are asked to enter and exit the bus using the rear door at all times. The only exceptions are for passengers who need to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) boarding ramp or require the bus to “kneel” to facilitate their boarding.
  • Effective April 7, DC Circulator began operating Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • DDOT and RATP Dev, the contractor that operates the DC Circulator, have enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure that all buses are properly deep cleaned and disinfected.

We must all do our part to #FlattenTheCurve. That’s why we are asking all residents to #StayHomeDC. If it is necessary to take the DC Circulator, please take the following precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Once onboard, practice social distancing (keep 6 feet distance between you and others whenever possible) as recommended by DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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