Buses Returning To Full Capacity
All county buildings also return to full capacity. But masks still required on buses and in buildings.
Buses in Milwaukee County are returning to full capacity Thursday.
On April 8th, 2020, the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) reduced bus capacity to 10 riders per bus.
The announcement followed the Shelter-In-Place order from Governor Tony Evers, which limited public gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Now, more than 14 months later, with vaccinations proving effective at limiting the spread of disease and COVID-19 related restrictions dropping away, the buses will once again operate at full capacity.
However, a federal mask mandate for all riders of public transit, regardless of vaccination status, remains in effect. MCTS buses will offer free masks to any passengers that need them.
The transit system will continue enhanced disinfection processes it adopted at the beginning of the pandemic, and every bus will have hand sanitizer on board. The bus system is also using a disinfectant coating on its air filters that is supposed to limit the spread of bacteria and pathogens — like COVID-19.
This expansion to full capacity is the latest in a stepped transition back to normal that has occurred in every sector of public life. Crowley said return to normal capacity reflects “national transit trends, reopening plans and relaxed guidelines from health officials.”
The transit system changed the capacity two times during the pandemic, after the initial 10 passenger limit, inching up to 15 and then 20 passengers per bus.
Also beginning Thursday, all county facilities, like the courthouse and the Mitchell Park Domes will return to full capacity. Face masks will also be required by everyone inside a county facility, regardless of vaccine status.
Private events in county facilities will not require masking, as long as everyone is vaccinated, Crowley said. But the county will not be asking for proof of vaccination.
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