Stop the Spread
Let’s help ourselves and each other stay safe by following the health and safety measures we know stop the spread of COVID-19. We have the power to protect ourselves, our families, businesses, neighbors, and communities from COVID-19 through our individual actions and choices. To view the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvainia website link
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures
Things you should do:
- Wear a mask when you ride the Pocono Pony.
- Wear a mask when you leave your home.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Wash your hands, frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
- Limit gatherings and avoid crowds.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Contact your health-care provider if you think you might have COVID-19.
Things MCTA is doing:
- Disinfecting / cleaning all touchpoints in each vehicle daily.
- Disinfecting buses regularly with a hospital-grade fogging system using a hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Drivers are required to wear masks.
Remember, your mask protects me; my mask protects you. Masks help keep us from sharing illnesses. COVID-19 spreads through the natural moisture (respiratory droplets) we breathe out when we talk, cough, or sneeze.
In Pennsylvania, you must wear a mask whenever you leave your home. You must wear a mask link to go into a business or ride an MCTA vehicle.
You don’t have to wear a mask if you have a disability, medical, or mental health condition that does not allow you to do so. Children 2-years-old (or younger) don’t have to wear a mask.
There is a right way to wear a mask:
- Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off your mask.
- When putting on or wearing your mask, don’t touch the front of it. Be sure you can breathe through it.
- To remove your mask, don’t touch the front. Take it off by unhooking your earpieces or untying the straps from the back.
- Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth. It should not block your vision. Don’t take it off to talk, cough, or sneeze.
- Wash fabric or cloth masks between each wear. You can wash your mask with your regular laundry.
- Your mask should be dry when you put it on. A wet or damp mask can make it harder to breathe and might be carrying germs.
Making or Buying Masks
If you’re not in health care or a first responder, a fabric or cloth mask is enough.
Making a mask is easy. The PA Department of Health’s mask guidancelink tells you how. Look for 100% cotton masks. Ideally, you should not be able to see through the fabric. If you aren’t making your own mask, consider buying one from a local small business.
If you are a business, the demand for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) can make it hard to find. To help, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers that have PPE availablelink.
You can be social. But stay six feet apart and wear a mask.
Socializing with family and friends is important for our mental and emotional well-being. But if you don’t live together, stay six feet apart and wear masks. Think about ways of staying connected that don’t require you to be in-person. Some ideas include video chats, phone calls, email, and even regular mail.
If you travel outside of Pennsylvania link, please self-quarantine for 14 days when you get home. This will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.
Just like there is a right way to wear a mask, there is also a right way to wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water.
- Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
- Scrub between your fingers, your palms, backs of your hands, and under your nails.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Experts are working diligently to understand COVID-19. Because new information is coming out every day, visit the sites below to stay informed.
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. link
The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides information on the virus and safety precautions. link