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Dubuque’s Jule Transit to require face coverings for passengers

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to increase passenger safety, the City of Dubuque’s Jule public transportation system will require all passengers to wear a face covering beginning next week.

Effective 6:30 a.m. Monday, August 3, every passenger over the age of two years old must wear a face covering while inside a Jule bus or paratransit vehicle. For the purposes of this policy, a face covering is defined as a uniform piece of material that snugly and securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Acceptable cloth face coverings will include, but are not limited to:

  • Homemade masks
  • Scarves
  • Bandanas
  • Handkerchiefs

While cloth face coverings will be required, some exceptions will be made, such as for physical or mental health conditions and medical emergencies. The City says in these instances, alternatives should be considered to increase the feasibility of wearing a face covering or another accommodation to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Riders who may be unable to wear a face covering should contact The Jule in advance to identify an acceptable alternative.

The Jule reserves the right to deny service to anyone not wearing a face covering or approved alternative. Masks will be made available for passengers who don't have one.

“The safety of our passengers is our first priority and this policy makes our service safer for them, Transportation Services Manager Renee Tyler said.

Other precautions already in place include:

  • Buses are boarding from the rear entrance, when possible
  • Buses are disinfected between route runs (hourly)
  • Bus shelters are sanitized twice an hour
  • Temperatures are taken for all operators at the beginning and end of each shift
  • All buses are equipped with disinfectant sprays, sanitizing wipes, and gloves
  • All operators are required to wear face coverings and have been provided masks and face shields

Call 563-589-4266 or email transit@cityofdubuque.org for more information.

Click here for a full list of businesses requiring customers to wear face masks.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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