WestCAT driver is making masks and handing them out to passengers

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WestCAT driver is making masks and handing them out to passengers
WestCAT shared this photo of masks made by one of its drivers, Steven Berndt.

A WestCAT driver has been making masks and handing them out to passengers who don’t have one.

The COVID-19 shelter-in-place order requires all transit riders to wear masks or cloth face coverings. Wearing one is required while waiting in line or boarding a WestCat bus.

Those whose bus is driven by driver Steven Berndt are lucky. He carries masks with him. He has been making them himself — a few daily, according to the transit agency.

He’s not alone in the craft. Fellow driver Adriana Ruiz made and delivered face masks for her co-workers.

And these are not the only examples of WestCAT stepping up amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, WestCAT Paratransit began assisting with deliveries for Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, which serves homebound seniors. As of last week, it was delivering upwards of 100 meals to at-risk seniors.

“We have such fantastic people here at WestCAT, we are actually speechless,” the agency said.