It’s important to note that there are some exceptions to the executive order to stay at home, and residents may leave their homes to pick up essential items–groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas. People may also go to work if the job is determined to be essential, and delivery and carry-out from local restaurant businesses can continue.

During this time, Mankato’s bus service will continue as an essential service to provide transportation options for the community. Fares are suspended for health and safety because the farebox is located next to the driver. In addition, social distancing and screening of paratransit clients continue. Commonly touched surfaces are disinfected regularly, buses are sanitized at the end of each shift and deep cleaned and disinfected twice a week.