While the world seemed to come to a halt in March 2020, the wheels of our vehicles did not. In accordance with CDC guidelines, as well as state and local laws and regulations, our business remained open and able to serve our community as the essential business that we are. During that time, we became experts in a new segment of safety - your health - and began implementing changes to keep our passengers protected.
Now, with hundreds of thousands of vaccines being administered to US citizens each day, the return to “normalcy” feels imminent. However, as we transition from our current state of lockdown into whatever the future holds, we know that some of these changes that were made due to COVID-19 will continue.
So as you begin searching for bus rentals for groups or start planning for your next big event, here are three things to keep in mind when perusing transportation providers today and in the future.
- Get creative with your transportation options! An easy way to stop the spread of this virus is to keep a safe distance from others. We invested the time to re-think how people could be seated in a socially distanced way within our vehicles. For example, a group that would have been transported sufficiently with an Executive Van might be safer when hosted in a Mini Coach that has strategically blocked off seats that both maximize passenger load while allowing for 6 feet of distance between travelers at all times.
- Don’t be shy in asking a potential transportation provider to present you with their most up-to-date cleaning procedures. Many companies, like us, did a complete overhaul of their cleaning routine once they were made aware of the seriousness of COVID-19. Asking simple questions like, “Which cleaning products do you use” and “How often do you sanitize your vehicles” will open up the conversation and will allow you to get the details you need to know regarding you and your fellow travelers' safety. You can check out a list of our COVID-19 procedures here.
- Know your options. While some COVID-19 precautions - like wearing masks - are required by law, many other useful safety techniques are available by request. For example, we provide the option to place Plexiglas barriers in our vehicles to separate the chauffeur area from the passengers. Additionally, in conjunction with our frequent temperature checks and health questionnaires, our chauffeurs can be tested for Coronavirus before driving.
We care deeply about the health and safety of our passengers, employees, and fellow humans. For that reason, we strongly encourage you to use these resources to become your own advocate when comparing transportation options. And while there seems to be uncertainty in many aspects of this pandemic, there is one thing we can guarantee - During whatever stage we’re in, we’re here to help.