The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) would like to assure our passengers, employees and all Tri-Valley residents that we are taking appropriate precautions to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Alameda County Public Health Department, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
LAVTA’s actions to date include:
• Disinfecting all Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride buses once each day – including driver compartments, fareboxes, Clipper card readers, handrails, stanchions, seats, and other onboard hard surfaces.
• Offering our bus operators individual hand sanitizer dispensers and gloves.
• Supplying our employees with hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting wipes at all LAVTA facilities.
• Providing our passengers and employees with fact sheets and guidance provided by the CDC, including posters displayed on LAVTA vehicles and in all LAVTA facilities and on digital display signs on our buses.
• Asking any employee displaying symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 to self-quarantine. Should that happen, we would report such incidents to the local health officials and the CDC.
The more than 7,000 daily passengers who use our transit service can do their part as well to help prevent the spread of this disease by following the CDC’s guidance, which includes the following tips:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis and will take additional actions if warranted or recommended by local or national health organization.