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Cash no longer accepted at Richmond tolls

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Posted at 11:52 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:57:10-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Some of the busiest toll booths in the Richmond area have stopped accepting cash due to COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The Richmond Metropolitan Transit Authority's pay stations are now only accepting E-Z Pass payment or exact change, which includes the Powhite Parkway, the Downtown Expressway and the Boulevard Toll bridge.

No toll attendants are at these locations because of Gov. Northam's stay-at-home mandate.

COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.