Responding to Coronavirus

Join COTA in the Fight to Stop the Spread of Infectious Diseases

COTA is taking the Coronavirus situation very seriously. We are working with state and local public health officials and we are closely following the CDC’s guidance to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

COTA will require customers to wear masks beginning Wednesday, April 15.

To help protect customers and COTA employees from the spread of Coronavirus, we are taking the important step of requiring customers to wear masks. Masks can be either medical or homemade and can include scarves or bandanas. They must fully cover the nose and mouth.

Below are guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).




The CDC and ODH have both stated that masks help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We are following their guidance to protect customers and employees.

What COTA is doing to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus

All COTA transit vehicles are sanitized nightly using CDC-approved sanitizing solutions. Areas customers routinely come in contact with, including handrails, handles, seats, pull cords, windows and doors, are sanitized using sanitizing wipes. Fabric surfaces, including cloth seats and cloth handles, are sprayed with Lysol, which kills 99 percent of all germs and is CDC-approved. COTA has added extra cleaning crews to ensure all transit vehicles are sanitized thoroughly.

All of our vehicles are equipped with hand sanitizing dispensers, located at the front of the vehicle near the operator. Sanitizer is stocked daily.

What you can do to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus

We can all do our part to prevent the spread of germs. Please use the hand sanitizer dispenser located at the front of our transit vehicles, wash your hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Using COTA for Essential Needs

How to Take COTA to Food Pantries
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COTA is monitoring the following Coronavirus-specific resources, which provide important information and situation updates on the outbreak:
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Travel Information
Ohio Department of Health (ODH Coronavirus Telephone Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634))
Franklin County Public Health
Columbus Public Health

Media Coverage

WCMH: COTA Protecting Riders and Drivers

WCMH: COTA & Donatos deliver 1,000 Pizzas to COTA Transit Workers

WCMH: COTA Moves to ‘Focused Service’, Offers Kids Free Rides to Get Meals

Dispatch: COTA Steps Up Cleaning to Slow Coronavirus Spread

WSYX: Is It Safe to Ride? COTA Puts Hygiene Fears to Rest

WBNS: COTA Increases Cleaning Staff, Launches Campaign in Response to Coronavirus Concerns

WCMH: What COTA is Doing to Keep Public Transit Safe From Coronavirus

WOSU: Coronavirus In Ohio: Columbus Officials Prepare For COVID-19 To Hit