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Spokane Transit Coronavirus FAQ

COVID-19 and Spokane Transit: Frequently Asked Questions

What practices should riders use to stay safe from COVID-19?

If possible, please spread out to empty sections within the bus. Stay positioned well behind the driver and the yellow line at the boarding area. Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough and wash your hands often. If you feel sick, stay home.

Has Spokane Transit made any changes to their cleaning practices and are there plans to clean buses more often?

Yes. Last week (February 28, 2020), our agency updated its vehicle cleaning procedures to include daily disinfecting of all our buses and facilities.

What are you doing to prevent Spokane Transit employees from spreading illness?

On Tuesday, March 3, STA held a series of ‘All Employee Meetings’ where employees were updated about the daily disinfecting of all buses and paratransit vans. They were also made aware of Personal Protection Equipment available to them through their various departments. Lastly, they were provided with safety information from the Spokane Regional Health District about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What can riders do to help prevent the spread of illness?

Spokane Transit has been sharing guidance from Spokane Regional Health District to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Stay home when sick. Staying home when ill prevents the spread of infections to others.
  • Use good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene in all community settings, including homes, childcare facilities, schools, workplaces and other places where people gather. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and put the used tissue in a wastebasket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60-95% alcohol) if you can’t wash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

What should riders do if they have concerns or observe a bus that needs attention?

There are some situations that might warrant additional cleaning. If you have concerns or observe a bus or vehicle that needs attention, we urge you to call 328-RIDE (7433) and, if possible, provide the bus route and number.

Do you have signs in buses about covering coughs and sneezes?

Yes. We have recorded announcements and placed posters in all of our buses reminding people how to help stop the spread of illness. One of the reminders on the poster is cover coughs and sneezes.

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