CATS News Releases regarding COVID-19
Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, CATS is temporarily suspending collection of fares on all CATS vehicles.
Please only take essential trips to support essential services and follow the advice of public health officials.
CATS service will be reduced to a modified weekday schedule until further notice.The last pick up at stops will be 9:30 pm system-wide.
Prevention measures and self-care
While CATS uses a disinfectant to clean vehicles and facilities (all CATS vehicles are fogged daily with Quick Defense NDC), self-care is still the best protection. It is important that you rely on credible sources for information and follow the guidance of health officials who suggest some of the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or wipes
- Practice social distancing – keep distance between yourself and others
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth with unwashed hands
- If you feel sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider before returning to work
- If you travel internationally and you return home with symptoms of COVID-19, please check with your doctor
On March 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued its Memorandum on Identification of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response” identifying essential critical infrastructure industries, including the “Mass Transit” industry, for the purpose of the declared COVID-19 state of emergency period.
This mandate directs the mass transit industry to continue normal operations, appropriately modified to account for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) workforce and customer protection guidance, with the responsibility to maintain its normal work schedule. The Governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency on March 11, 2020, that included all transit agencies, including CATS abide by the CISA mandate.
CATS strongly encourages the community to heed the Stay at Home order from Governor Edwards and understands some people are working in the essential jobs fields that require them to continue working.
CATS is here to serve the public and has implemented limited seating capacity, waived fares, and is running a modified service.
The health and safety of our community and our operators remain our highest priority.
Louisiana Coronavirus (COVID-19 Hotline)
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As always, CATS Customer Service can be reached at 225-389-8282.
Customer and Community Reminders
To see how CATS is helping our essential staff and community during COVID-19, click on the below image.