Lethbridge residents are reminded that following the long weekend, Transit services will look different with the return of regular routes, rider fares and mandatory face coverings starting Tuesday, August 4.
After receiving the COVID-19 relaunch guidelines from the Government of Alberta, the City of Lethbridge has been preparing to safely relaunch transit routes from the current ride-by-reservation system.
When routes return, the current public health recommendations will remain in place including physical distancing of at least 2m whenever possible.
As an added safety measure, City Council has made the decision to also implement mandatory face coverings for all transit riders starting Aug 4. Residents are encouraged to bring their own face covering with them if possible. The government of Alberta has supplied the City with a disposable non-medical masks, should riders need them. Details and timelines on mandatory face coverings at City facilities - also approved by City Council - is expected next week.
Lethbridge Transit will provide hand sanitizer on the bus so riders can practice frequent hand hygiene. All Transit vehicles will continue to have extensive cleaning and sanitizing performed regularly to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 including regular fare boxes sanitizing. As an additional protective measure, the City has also installed protective shields around all drivers.
To limit public touch points, the use of the Breeze Card for payment is preferred over cash. A list of Transit fees and ticket/pass outlet locations can be found at: https://myride.lethbridge.ca/Pages/Fares.
The Access a Ride service will also resume fare collection on August 4.
Public access to the Transit building (619-4 Ave N) will continue to be by appointment only.
For more information on Transit routes visit https://myride.lethbridge.ca or download the MyRide app for your mobile device.
Residents are reminded that COVID-19 is still in our community and the City will continue to be diligent in helping to prevent the transmission. For regular updates on the City of Lethbridge's response to COVID-19 visit www.lethbridge.ca/covid19.
Tara Grindle, Communications Manager
City of Lethbridge