The City of Lethbridge recognizes that public transit may sometimes be the only means of transportation residents have to get food, medications and to travel to work or medical appointments. For this reason, both Lethbridge Transit and Access-a-Ride are being maintained as essential City services.
Enhanced cleaning measures are in place to protect our riders and employees. This includes additional staff deployed to the downtown Park 'n' Ride terminal to clean touched surfaces throughout the day. All transit staff have also been briefed on the importance of their own hand hygiene and social distancing practices to help limit any possible transmission.
As part of regular cleaning practices, the transit fleet is disinfected regularly using the Noco Spray process. This is the same fogging procedure used by Fire and Emergency Service to ensure all vehicles are disinfected and as free of contagious pathogens as possible. This system is very effective and was developed with the support of research undertaken at the University of Lethbridge. Transit began using Noco in September and each bus has been treated several times. Staff will continue this practice along with enhanced nightly cleaning of touched surfaces to ensure the fleet is a clean as possible.
Once the buses are disinfected, help from individuals is also needed to keep it that way. The City is asking that transit users exercise their own personal protection while using transit by practicing good hand hygiene and distancing themselves from other riders when possible. As recommended by Alberta Health, anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has recently travelled should be self-isolating.
More information on the recommendations from the Government of Alberta is available here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx. Updates on the City of Lethbridge response to COVID-19 can be found at www.lethbridge.ca/covid19. Residents are encouraged to visit these sites regularly for the most recent developments.
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