The MBTA will begin taking the temperatures of employees at the Cabot Garage in South Boston before the start of each shift on Wednesday, in the first phase of a strategy to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Steve Poftak, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, announced the move in a letter to employees Tuesday night.
Employees will be screened on a bus for privacy, and anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will be told to go home; notify their manager and the T’s employee support provider, Work Partners; and call a doctor, Poftak said.
He said temperature checks will begin with the MBTA’s bus operations and expand to other parts of the system. The T chose Cabot Garage as a starting point because it is one of the agency’s largest facilities, Poftak said, and the Charlestown Garage will follow “soon.”