Public transit agency suspends service for a day to disinfect buses, vehicles, and offices

Posted at 11:49 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 23:49:21-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Williamsburg Area Transit Authority bus service was suspended on Sunday as cleaning crews spent the day cleaning and disinfecting the agency's buses, agency vehicles, and offices

The day-long disinfecting is WATA's effort to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Video provided to News 3 showed an outside company spraying the interior of buses with an EPA-approved disinfectant. A company representative said in the video that the disinfectant is effective for seven days.

Service will resume Monday, but the agency asked passengers to also help out.

"Sit in every other seat, don't sit right down next to someone, that kind of thing, try to do some distancing on the bus when it's possible," Michele Canty, WATA's communications specialist, said. "Watch the surfaces that you're touching on the bus, you know, don't touch your nose, your face, your mouth."

For added mitigating measures, Canty said bus drivers are equipped with sanitizing wipes to wipe down the interiors and are provided gloves for their safety.

The agency currently requires passengers to enter and exit through the rear doors and is suspending fares until further notice.