Coronavirus: Response and Actions
What is LBT doing?
Please Note: Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) Board of Directors is participating in meetings by video conference until further notice. The City of Long Beach Civic Chambers are closed to the public. Please find detailed information HERE regarding LBT Board meeting procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and safety of Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) employees and customers is of top priority. With the situation surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continuing to unfold, this page provides a current status of measures the agency has taken in response to the COVID-19 threat along with recommendations and best practices.
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
In light of California’s Safer at Home order, LBT has implemented a modified schedule for essential transit services and to better promote the health and safety of our customers and operators. The modified bus schedule went into effect March 22, 2020 and will continue until further notice. For more information regarding service updates, please visit ridelbt.com/servicealert.
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. For additional local information, please visit the City of Long Beach’s COVID-19 information page or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For the latest information from the CDC, please click here.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
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 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 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.