The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has begun taking more aggressive measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, the transit authority announced April 7.

METRO staff has installed hundreds of orange mesh fences on local buses to ensure social distancing measures between bus operators and passengers are being kept. This is in addition to required rear-door boarding and exiting the transit provider put in place last month and the reduction in seating availability by 50%. This pairs with service modifications METRO also made to curb the viral spread.

METRO police officers and bus and rail operators are now wearing face masks and gloves after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged face masks could provide some benefit in preventing the spread of the disease.

The regional transit authority has also begun checking the temperatures of all employees daily while at work. Those with a low-grade fever will be sent home to recover and will be advised to contact their health care provider, METRO said in the news release.

These new measures come after METRO has announced seven employees and one contractor have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 29.