Barons' COVID-19 Response




Per the CDC's April 18, 2022 court order, Barons Bus will no longer require masks to be worn on our buses nor at our transportation hubs

CDC Requirements for Public Transportation and Hubs

As of April 18, 2022, the CDC's January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, the CDC will not enforce the order. The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

Per the CDC's updated policy, Barons Bus will no longer require face masks aboard our buses nor at our transportation hubs. You can read more about these guidelines on the CDC's website here: Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs.

Barons Bus is the first company in the motor coach industry to install Far UV Lighting.

Far UV Technologies

Utilizes Krypton™ Disinfection Lighting

What makes it different?

Traditional UV-C systems use mercury or LED lamps to generate UV light at a wavelength between 254-260nm. As a result, UV light at this spectrum is a carcinogenic safety risk for eyes and skin, and it can only be used to treat recirculated air in unoccupied spaces or inside HVAC ventilation. In addition, traditional UV light does nothing to disinfect surfaces within a space. Even after sanitization organisms that were previously inactivated by 254nm UV-C light may reactivate when exposed to blue light present in sunlight, fluorescent light, and other light sources.
Krypton™ lighting emits 200-230nm UV light. It uses inert krypton gas, chloride, bromide to emit UV light with 222nm and 207nm wavelengths. These UV wavelengths are safe for human exposure because they do not penetrate the skin or eyes. As a result, Far UV can continuously disinfect viruses, bacteria, and fungi in occupied spaces. Additionally, unlike other UV-C systems, pathogens inactivated by Far UV light remain inactivated when exposed to sunlight, fluorescent light, or other light sources.

What does it kill?

Far UV can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi in occupied spaces. Krypton light kills microbes by resonating with the proteins in the microbe’s outer membrane, causing it to fail. 222nm Krypton lighting has been proven to be just as effective against the COVID-19 specific strain as other coronaviruses.

Precautions We Are Taking

Face Coverings

When boarding, all drivers and passengers must wear a face covering. While in transit, passengers must continue wearing their masks. Children under the age of ten and those who are medically unable to wear a mask will not be required to do so. Drivers will not be required to wear a mask while driving the vehicle. When transferring to another bus schedule, most interlining carriers are requiring a mask to be worn. If you are transferring, please check that provider’s website to see if a mask is required.
The use of a simple face covering slows the spread of the virus and prevents those who unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings made from common materials can be used as a public health measure in place of face masks. Additional details are available on the CDC website. We ask our customers who do not have a face covering, or whose coverings are damaged in transit, to speak with their Barons Bus driver or associate and a disposable mask will be provided. While in transit, we ask our passengers to please keep their masks on.

Bus Sanitization

Our motor coaches are cleaned daily by our service team. We have increased the frequency of sanitizing surfaces that people regularly come in contact with including the hand rails for entering and exiting the vehicle, arm rests, driver steering wheel, dash area, head rests, restroom door handles, restroom handrails, overhead compartment handles, overhead handrails, and any other hard surfaces on the motor coach.
We have also proudly installed hand sanitizing dispensers on every motor coach. Barons Bus drivers are encouraged to use the sanitizer every time they enter and exit the vehicle. We encourage you to join us in using the sanitizers every time you enter and exit the vehicle.

More Resources

Effectiveness of 222nm Ultraviolet Light on Disinfecting SARS-CoV-2 Surface ContaminationFar UV-C Light Safely Kills Airborne CoronavirusesUshio Inc. and Kobe University have Achieved the World's First Successful Reduction of Bacteria Using Ultraviolet IrradiationUS National Institutes of Health Study on Germicidal Efficacy and Mammalian Skin SafetyFar UV-C light: A New Tool to Control the Spread of Airborne-Mediated Microbial DiseasesLong-Term Effects of 222nm Ultraviolet RadiationAerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1Narrow Spectrum UV Light May Reduce Surgical Infections207nm UV Light—A Promising Tool for Safe Low-Cost Reduction of Surgical Site InfectionsBoeing Using UV Sanitation Technology to Sterilize its Airplane Bathrooms
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