The US health and security officials have not yet distributed anything specific to the bus/tourism sector regarding methods to slow the spread of infectious diseases and methods to limit its spread. I have been working with the American Bus Association and US Travel Association for guidance. What is clear is there needs to be additional cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched areas and other preventive measures taken.
We also will be following, as much as possible the basic guidelines set forth in the City of Milwaukee Health Department Order #1 – Moving Milwaukee Forward, issued May 14, 2020. In section 2(z) Transportation is allowed to resume activity and shall comply with Protective Measure Requirements.
c. Protective Measure Requirements. For purposes of this order and to the extent possible under applicable laws including but not limited to the ADA, “Protective Measure Requirements” means: i. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer; ii. Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands); iii. Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; iv. Not shaking hands; v. Use of a mask or cloth face covering. Note: the use of masks or cloth face coverings is strongly recommended but shall not be required due to equity concerns regarding the challenges that either may cause for individuals because of disabilities and/or shortages of PPE; vi. Following all other public health recommendations issued by State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and vii. Adopting policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
Going Beyond Travel will not be taking anyone who has a fever, persistent cough or frequent sneezing on trips, at the current time. We encourage all people to wear a mask while on the bus.
This will really help with people touching surfaces and then prevent touching their mouth, nose or eyes before the ability to wash hands. Please note: The CDC has said Americans shouldn’t rely on masks to prevent the contraction of the coronavirus. However, masks can be used to help prevent the spread of the disease by infected persons. All travelers will receive hand sanitizer before entering the bus. Frequent hand washing will be required when soap and water are available. We will be limiting the number of participants on trips so that people who haven’t been residing together won’t have to share a seat with someone they are unfamiliar with.
Our mini-motor coach will be sanitized after each trip and each evening of an overnight trip. (This includes all seats, safety bars, floors, windows, etc.) All suitcases will be wiped down before loaded onto the bus.
This will be updated as new orders/recommendations arise.