Coronavirus: Response and Actions

Federal Mask Mandate

Under the new CDC mandate, all customers must wear a mask while riding with LBT. Federal law requires proper wearing of face masks over your mouth and nose and must be worn on buses at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal and may result in penalties.

What is LBT doing?

The health and safety of Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) employees and customers is of top priority. With the situation surrounding COVID-19 continuing to unfold, this page provides a current status of measures the agency has taken in response to the virus along with recommendations and best practices.

Preventative Guidance

LBT began its preventive measures the week of February 3, 2020, following the first reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. At all its facilities, LBT added more hand sanitizer dispensers and distributed individual hand sanitizers to all employees.

Modified Bus Schedule

As result of the actions taken at the federal, state and local levels of government to minimize the spread of COVID-19, LBT will be operating a modified bus schedule, until further notice, for customers performing essential activities and traveling to work. For more information on current route schedules, visit ridelbt.com/routes.

To stay up-to-date on the latest updates and service changes, sign-up for Hello LBT! This real-time news service will send you push notifications with LBT updates right to your device, making your journey even easier. Simply text “HELLO” to 833.545.0528 to sign up. For more ways to connect with us, visit ridelbt.com/connect.

Enhanced Cleaning Actions

LBT has always maintained robust cleaning processes on all its vehicles and vessels, and will continue using disinfectants that are effective against viruses. As an extra level of precaution to the COVID-19 outbreak threat, LBT has implemented an enhanced cleaning process, focusing more attention on areas and surfaces which are touched most frequently:

  • Buses: Bus Operator compartments, panels, doors, handrails, interior window frames, pull cords, seats, stanchions and fare collection devices will be performed while buses are out of service
  • Facilities: door handles, kitchen areas, restrooms, meeting and conference rooms, as well as other employee common areas

Best Practices and Recommendations

LBT is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and advising employees and customers to do the same. 

Face Masks: All customers must wear a face mask while riding LBT. Federal law requires proper wearing of face masks over your mouth and nose. Face masks are to be worn on busses at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and may result in penalties.

Rear-door Boarding: Rear-door boarding is in effect until further notice. Customers must board and exit from the rear door. Those needing the boarding ramp may use the front door.

Skip a seat, skip a row: When riding LBT for necessary reasons, maintain space between you, your fellow customer, and the operator whenever possible.

For additional local information, please visit the Long Beach Department of Health or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For the latest information from the CDC regarding public transit, please click here.

AVoid touching eyes and face

Under the new CDC mandate, all customers must wear a mask while riding with LBT. Federal law requires proper wearing of face masks over your mouth and nose and must be worn on buses at all times. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal and may result in penalties.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. LBT encourages customers to keep a distance between themselves and other customers whenever possible.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as cell phones, key boards, door handles, etc. using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of tissue in trash.

Stay home when you are sick.

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