As concerns about coronavirus in the Pioneer Valley region increase, we want to assure our passengers and employees that PVTA is monitoring the situation and are basing our response on guidance from the Governor’s Baker emergency actions, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Our efforts to respond evolve with the situation. We are presently taking the following actions across our system:
- All vehicles are being thoroughly cleaned daily with disinfectants. We have increased the amount of time and attention our maintenance department spends cleaning each vehicle.
- PVTA has acquired new disinfecting systems that will allow us to disinfect each vehicle more frequently.
- PVTA drivers continue to clean high contact areas of the vehicle throughout their shifts, and we continue to provide them with sanitizer, gloves, and disinfecting wipes to use on the vehicle.
Passengers are also encouraged to participate in helping to limit the spread of this virus. You can help by maintaining distance between each other whenever possible while riding. Limit seating in the wheelchair accessible seats except for the elderly and disabled. Other things you can do include covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing (or by coughing or sneezing into your elbow), not littering or leaving any waste behind when you leave the vehicle, and most importantly by not riding if you have symptoms such as: a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
Information concerning the COVID-19 virus and the response changes minute to minute. Please continue to check the website and social media for updated information regarding transit service.