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Santa Ynez Valley transit returns full service with COVID-19 safety protocols

Santa Ynez Valley Transit
Travis Schlepp

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. -- Santa Ynez Valley Transit returns to full service on Friday.

The transit service will have safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The transit service will be placing the following protocols in place:

  • Blocking off alternating seats on all buses to help passengers stay six feet apart.
  • Cleaning all vehicles with hospital-grade disinfectant each evening.
  • Conducting inspections of all vehicles throughout the day to wipe down high-touch surfaces, such as handrails and fareboxes.
  • Requiring masks or facial coverings for all riders and drivers. 
  • Encouraging riders to utilize recommended hand-washing procedures and maintain social distancing at bus stops.

The transit services says the procedures were set by the Centers for Disease Control to help riders feel safe when traveling.

Back in March, the transit service limited its services to the public in response to the state-wide order to stay home issued by Governor Newsom.

“Public transportation is an essential service because it is often the only way individuals can access supplies and employment in the community,” said Matt van der Linden, the Public Works Director for the City of Solvang. “SYVT is open and safe to ride.”

For more information on the Santa Ynez Valley Transit, click here or call 805-688-5452.

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