March 21, 2020
HORNELL, NY – From Mayor John Buckley:
“To further protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending all bus routes outside of the City of Hornell. The lone exception being the new hospital and medical village. HAT will still provide essential services to City residents for their medical, pharmaceutical, and grocery needs.”
Dear Riders, March 20, 2020
On March 11 COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, The City of Hornell and Hornell Area Transit have been monitoring this situation daily.
In recent days, an increasing number of Steuben County schools, restaurants, and businesses have been cutting hours or closing their doors to stave off the spread of COVID-19. Alfred University and Alfred State students are being asked to finish out their semesters remotely while local businesses are telling employees to work from home.
Ridership has dropped substantially with the number of people heeding the call for social distancing, prompting HAT to reduce service starting Monday, March 23. This set of service adjustments will remain in effect until further notice.
• HAT will continue booking essential trips such as to dialysis, chemotherapy, hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, pharmacies and grocery stores within the City of Hornell.
• Our InnerCity Route will continue to operate on its regular schedule Monday through Saturday.
• All other services will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
Passengers are asked to leave extra space between themselves and others. This form of ‘social distancing’ can help protect you and others from the spread of the virus.
We can all do our part to help “Flatten the Curve.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises anyone with fever, cough or shortness of breath to not go out in public. This means passengers should not ride the bus if they are experiencing those symptoms or think they may be sick.
The health and well-being of our community are at the forefront of our decision making. We will continue to make informed decisions based on the latest science and what is best to protect the health of all members of our community
HAT has implemented an extra daily disinfection process on all buses using EPA-approved and CDC-recommended cleaning products. That’s in addition to the standard cleaning our vehicles receive regularly. Just remember that surfaces are only clean until someone touches them or coughs/sneezes nearby.
Once again we would like to thank all of our riders for their understanding in these uncertain times and ask that you stay safe!
Hornell Area Transit