Bus Driver Tells 3 Young Men to Wear Masks. Then, This

A San Francisco health order requires that everyone wear a mask on public transport
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2020 11:00 AM CDT
Bus Driver Told Them to Wear Masks. Then, This
Muni buses are shown at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency yard in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A San Francisco bus driver was beaten with a bat by a passenger who refused to wear a face mask, police said. Three young men without masks apparently got on a public bus Wednesday afternoon and the driver repeatedly asked them to don face coverings, the AP reports. A city health order requires masks to be worn on public transport, an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. When the driver pulled over to escort the men off the bus, one pulled out a wooden bat and hit the driver several times, police said.

The men fled and haven't been arrested. The driver was left with injuries that were not life-threatening and is recovering, police said. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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