MBTA takes extra precaution during flu season
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The MBTA is doing everything it can to help passengers stay safe during the flu outbreak.
The MBTA is taking extra precautions to reduce the risks of spreading the flu.
Crews in charge of cleaning the subway have been directed to pay extra attention to changing the water used for cleaning as frequently as possible and not to re-use rags. Cleaning crews use latex gloves and will focus on grab bars, hand straps and other areas that are frequently touched by passengers, according to Joe Pesaturo of the MBTA.
The T is asking passengers to think about their surroundings and avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.
The MBTA is trying to get this message out through a recording that is playing at T stations. The announcement is: “During flu season, customers are reminded to wash hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Thank you for riding the T.”
“Hygiene is good. Try to stay away from coughing and everything and just good proper hand washing…But get that flu shot,” said Bill Lane, who got a flu shot.
Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday as flu season struck in earnest and the state reported 18 flu-related deaths so far.