As efforts are being made globally to contain the spread of the covid-19, Lagos Bus Services Limited, LBSL in conformity with Lagos State Government directives to avoid Gathering of more than 50 people has said that it will henceforth restrict passengers from standing in all its buses.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Idowu Oguntona who disclosed this recently, stated that the decision was inline with the State Government’s directive to limit the numbers of crowd to a maximum of 50 across the State.
He disclosed that prior to the index case of COVID-19 in the State and the subsequent directive from the State government, the company had always maintained high hygiene practices in all its buses.
He however, said that in view of the current reality of the covid-19 outbreak; the company has started taking some more stringent decisions as part of efforts to contain and limit the spread of the virus.
The MD said, “based on our usual operating standards, we would pay more attention to the cleaning of our buses. As we speak, we have enhanced our cleaning regime to ensure that all surfaces within our buses are properly disinfected, including the Handrails, Hand poles, Seats, Divers cab and dashboard.
Apart from the above, Oguntona informed that hand sanitizing facilities are being deployed across all its depots, stations and frontline staff areas.
Speaking against the backdrop of positive access of COVID-19 in the State and the need for relevant organisations to embrace precautionary measures, Oguntona disclosed that the company is putting in place necessary parameters to check the possible spread of the virus.
In his words, ” As we speak now, protective gears are being provided for all our staff that are interacting with commuters whilst the use of sanitizers in all our stations is now continuous, this is in addition to infrared Thermometers that are being deployed at the company headquarters and across our stations and Depots.
“Apart from the above mentioned measures we are also sensitising all our stakeholders on the available measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus and how to conduct themselves to be safe in our buses”.
He assured the commuting public that the management of the company will continue to monitor advice and guidance from the Government and Public Health Authorities and make further changes as required.
“In the meantime, we implore you to WASH YOUR HANDS MORE OFTEN FOR AT LEAST 20 Seconds. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer when you get home or into work, sneeze, cough, eat or handle food,” Oguntona counseled.
He urged Lagosians to call the COVID19Lagos toll free line 08000CORONA, to receive important information from experts on how to stay free from the virus.