On May 8, Governor Tom Wolf announced that “13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.”
Some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.
Public transportation is a life-sustaining resource that is essential for those who rely on transit to commute. Healthy Ride will continue to operate in the Yellow Phase as it has in the Red Phase; we are committed to the continued sanitization of Healthy Ride bikes and stations and maintaining social distancing amongst essential employees. Furthermore, outdoor exercise while keeping social distance is an allowable individual activity during the Yellow Phase. Healthy Ride will continue as a public transit and recreational service during this time.
It is imperative that our riders continue to diligently protect themselves and other riders while using Healthy Ride. Riders must maintain a 6-foot minimum distance from others, and as a reminder, please wash your hands before and after you ride, bring along sanitizing wipes to clean your bike before and after you ride, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and wear gloves as a precaution.
We will continue to sanitize our fleet and stations, and continue our modified internal operations in order for our staff to practice social distancing. While we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage folks to stay home whenever possible. For more details about our safety procedures, read our update from April 17th here.
Due to the ongoing health crisis and it’s impact on our operations, Healthy Ride has no immediate plans to re-install the 13 stations we took into winter hibernation. We recognize that this may impact our riders and hope that other nearby stations will continue to provide a substitution for these stations. Please stay tuned for further announcements regarding these stations.