Category Archives: COVID-19

SamTrans Increases Service, resumes Fare Collection

In response to COVID-19, SamTrans is updating their schedule and operations effective Sunday, August 16. In addition to more frequent service, the agency will resume fare collection and front-door boarding with the installation of protective barriers that allow customers to pay their fare while avoiding contact with bus operators. 

The new schedule restores more frequent service on 14 routes, including ECR120130 and 292, to accommodate increased ridership and allow for physical distancing onboard. The service plan also makes adjustments to routes primarily serving schools in response to their plans for distance learning.

With the resumption of fare payment and front-door boarding, customers are encouraged to use contactless payment methods like Clipper or the SamTrans Mobile app. Exact fare is required for cash payment as change cards are no longer issued onboard.

Please read the details here.

Fines Now Possible for Violating Health Orders, Including Refusing to Wear Face Covering

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance authorizing fines for health order violators, along with a series of other virus relief focused measures. 

Individuals can receive a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for additional violations within the same year. Fines for commercial entities range from a minimum fine of $250 to a maximum of $3,000 per violation depending on the gravity of the health risk, prior warnings and any good faith efforts to comply. Enforcement officers must personally observe an individual’s violation but can also receive a credible report for a business.

For more details, read the press release here.

Combating isolation during covid-19

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

No Bajes La Guardia.

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