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Starting Wednesday, July 21, 2021, PATS will be increasing to full seated capacity on all buses and routes. Due to the decline in the COVID-19 infection rate, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have rescinded all social distancing restrictions on public transit within Colorado. Garfield County Public Health has also given PATS clearance for this increase.

Based on the guidance from public health authorities, PATS is pleased that it can increase to full seated capacity on buses, helping to make its services more convenient for transit users. However, the safety of its passengers and bus operators is still PATS’ number one concern, so here is what you need to know:

  • 100% seated capacity means all seats will be available, however, standing room beyond seated capacity will not be allowed. For example, if a bus has 15 seats up to 15 people can ride the bus at once.
  • By Federal Law, masks are still required on Public Transit through September 13. Bandanas, ski buffs, and scarves are not considered facemasks
  • You should avoid public transit if you are sick, positive for COVID-19, or if you think or know you have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Guidance from bus operators must be followed because they are responsible for the health and safety of their passengers.

PATS will continue to meet or exceed all COVID-19 safety guidelines from local, state, and Federal public health officials and will continue maintaining daily bus cleaning and sanitation procedures. Hand sanitizer is available on all PATS buses for passenger use.

“Our residents’ health and safety is the Town of Parachute’s number one priority.  We are in constant communication with public health officials to ensure all necessary COVID-19 precautions are in place,” said Jessica Paugh, Community Development Director.  “PATS ridership is increasing every day and we are thrilled to provide a safe environment for our community to utilize PATS services for their everyday needs!”

Since masks are still required under Federal law on public transportation, PATS asks passengers to please continue wearing masks while riding PATS, and using PATS stops, regardless of vaccination status.

  • COVER YOUR FACE: You MUST wear a mask on all PATS buses at all times.
  • DO NOT RIDE IF YOU’RE SICK: For the safety of other passengers and your bus driver, please DO NOT USE PATS SERVICES if you’re experiencing respiratory illness (fever, cough, and shortness of breath).