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Health-First Labor Day Weekend

September 3, 2020
Lane Transit District (LTD) reminds everyone to double-down on their efforts by taking health first precautions this Labor Day Weekend to stop the potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

“With warm weather predicted for the weekend, the temptation for all of us will be to be out and about in the community,” said Cosette Rees, Director of Customer and Specialized Services. “Especially during the pandemic, it is important that we all remember to take a health-first approach to do what it takes to take care of ourselves and each other on the last big weekend of summer.”

LTD encourages passengers to make only essential trips aboard its buses for jobs and shopping. As a reminder, LTD, Ride Source, the Cottage Grove Connector, and the Customer Service Center and Call Center will not be operating on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020, but will resume operation on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

In the meantime, the District is continuing to take many steps to limit bus operator and passenger exposure to COVID-19, including:
  • Buses are cleaned nightly with strong, but safe disinfectants.
  • District employees are regularly cleaning buses throughout the day at the Eugene and Springfield stations.
  • Passengers are required to enter and exit from the rear door of the bus until all buses have the barriers installed, expected by September 1. Those passengers using the lift or who need assistance entering and exiting the bus can use the front door.
  • Passengers are required to wear hands-free face masks or covers over their nose and mouth.
  • Based on social distancing requirements, LTD limits its 40-foot buses to 20 passengers and 60-foot buses to 30 passengers, which normally carry 50 and 80 passengers, respectively.
  • There is no fare charged to ride an LTD bus. Fares collection is expected to resume September 1.
  • Practicing a minimum of 3 feet of physical distancing from other passengers.

As a result of the impacts of COVID-19 and to prioritize a health-first priority, LTD is operating a reduced level of service. Visit LTD.org or call LTD Customer Service at 541-687-5555 for more information.

Other LTD measures include:
  • LTD employees have their temperatures taken before starting work each day and are sent home if they are sick.
  • Since early April, most of LTD’s administrative, marketing, planning, and finance teams have been required to work remotely until further notice.
  • Employees who do come to work are required to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing parameters, wash hands frequently, and observe other healthy precautions as outlined by the state of Oregon and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LTD asks passengers to follow health guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a hands-free mask or cover over nose and mouth.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.”

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