How groups can travel safely during COVID-19
If you’re planning to travel during COVID-19, you probably have some questions or concerns when it comes to your passengers’ safety—and rightfully so.
Before you embark on your group trip, review a few of our most asked questions about current charter bus rentals and group travel:
Are charter bus rentals a safe way to travel?
Yes, Charter Buses are one of the safest ways to travel during COVID-19. Renting a charter bus is definitely safer than flying and can be an even safer mode of transportation than organizing a multi-vehicle carpool.
Charter Bus vs. Air Travel
Risk of contracting COVID-19 when traveling via air starts at the airport. Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Once on board the plane, social distancing is near impossible. On crowded flights, where you might have to sit within less than six feet for hours, your chances for risk of exposure could go up.
When your group chooses to travel by Charter Bus, it establishes pods of travelers who will stay together in one controlled location rather than splitting up and gives travelers more control over who they are exposed to.
Charter Bus vs. Multi-Vehicle Carpool
Large travel groups will likely need to split into several vehicles when opting to drive. This can open up opportunities for group members to make additional stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks and coming into contact with other people and surfaces. Being stuck in a small car can also just get uncomfortable, which is never fun for long hauls.
Charter Bus travel eliminates the risks you will face when traveling by car. At Exclusive Bus Lines all of our charter buses do include onboard restrooms, eliminating the need to stop for restroom breaks along the way. Another easy way to minimize pit stops is to bring snacks, non-perishable meals, or a cooler packed with food. You won’t need to stand in line at fast food spots with several other patrons and risk possible exposure.
How are you keeping your buses clean?
Every motorcoach rented from Exclusive Bus Lines is sanitized and cleaned to the highest cleaning standards. Your driver will also be instructed to have minimal contact with your group wherever possible to keep everyone safe. We also use a solution that actually kills the COVID-19 virus.
What are drivers doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The drivers in our network have received training on what the symptoms of COVID-19 are and how it spreads. If they’re sick, they are required to stay home and they will be granted flexible leave. We ask our drivers not to return until they’ve been symptom-free for at least 14 days. We also provide temperature screening for all passengers as they board, ensuring everyone’s safety.
What can I do to make riding on a bus safer?
We are taking every precaution to make Exclusive Bus Lines safer during COVID-19, but there are a lot of steps passengers can take as well. Here are some suggestions:
- Ask the people you’re traveling with to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms or get tested (if that’s possible in your area) before boarding the bus.
- Book a bus that’s large enough to allow for social distancing.
- Require everyone to wear a face mask.
Experience Safety, Convenience & Comfort with Exclusive Bus Lines
Exclusive Bus Lines is committed to the safety of all groups traveling across North America by motorcoach.
Our rental experts are available 24/7 at (204) 594-5192 to discuss your group’s transportation needs.