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StarMetro implementing extra safety precautions after 2 employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:29:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Two StarMetro employees in Tallahassee have tested positive for COVID-19.

ABC 27 spoke with the director on the safety measures in place to keep drivers and passengers safe during the pandemic.

The company says they are taking immediate action to ensure all riders and drivers stay safe.

Those two employees are now in quarantine and the buses were immediately disinfected.

The first driver who tested positive July 29 and had last been at work on July 25. The second tested positive July 30 and their last day at work was on July 27.

Since the pandemic, public transportation looks a lot different in the Capitol City, with plexiglass barriers for drivers, sanitizers on buses and mandatory masks for everyone on board.

Starmetro says they will continue work to provide a safe environment for their staff and passengers.

"We're taking every measure imaginable to protect our employees while their operating at work and delivering passenger to their destinations safely," said StarMetro.

The amount of passengers are now limited to 15 on every bus. The buses are cleaned at points throughout the day by operators.

The two who are in quarantine now will be able to return back to work when they receive negative test from their physicians.

Starmetro has offered free rides to Bragg Stadium for people to get tested every Saturday throughout July and they will continue that through August.

The company has also implemented social distance seating so no one is sitting directly next to the other.