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To ensure the safety of riders and staff in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency, OATS Transit will be providing only essential service transportation starting Monday through at least April 6.

Company officials said they will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly in hopes business can soon return to normal.

Essential service transportation is defined as dialysis, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, food banks, etc.

The company also announced the amount of people on each bus will be limited to ensure safe distances for riders and drivers.

Non-essential appointments should be delayed, if possible, to limit exposure.

OATS riders should also expect drivers to refrain from touching any personal belongings and packages.

A number of OATS partnering agencies have closed or cut back operations such as nursing homes, senior centers, workshops and day programs, which OATS officials said has dramatically reduced ridership but also helps lessen the spread of germs.

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For a full list of coronavirus-related community cancellations and announcements, click here.

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