Like many of you, HITCH is excited for Bermuda’s transition into and through Phase 4; particularly the much-anticipated re-opening of our LF Wade International Airport .
Throughout this pandemic we have been working hard to ensure the safety of both our passengers and drivers and must continue to do so as we welcome back our international travelers.
We have seen an increase in ridership over the past few weeks and anticipate this trend to continue as we move through Phase 4 .
The safety and comfort of our drivers is of most importance to HITCH, and as such, our team has been extensively involved in discussions with the Ministry of Health and the Bermuda Government to ensure proper protocols are in place for a successful transition through Phase 4.
Please take this time to familiarize yourself with these new changes prior to resuming Taxi operations. A detailed outline has been attached for your reference . Additionally, key points are listed below.
All drivers must complete the following mandatory COVID-19 IPC Training https://www.gov.bm/infection-prevention-and-control-training
All drivers must read the COVID-19 guidance text provided by the Ministry of Health – https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-guidance
Masks are mandatory for both drivers and passengers . Should a passenger refuse to wear a mask, drivers have the authority to refuse service
Drivers are encouraged to undergo regular COVID-19 testing . If you require assistance arranging a test, please visit https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus for further information
Thorough cleaning of vehicle following each completed ride
HITCH has also been in communication with Skyport to ensure safety protocols are established to provide safety and reassurance to drivers. These have been outlined here.
Persons collecting passengers to stay in/near their vehicles in the short term car parking lot
Taxis drivers to stay in/near their vehicles (PPE required)
Meet and greet/Taxi drivers area will be closed off
Licensed airport ground transportation operators will have an assigned spot (green carpeted area, one person only) – all other employees to remain in their vehicle
Licensed airport ground transportation operators (pre-arranged) vehicles to use zig-zag parking bays – they will not be allowed to park near ground transportation (green carpeted area)
Pre-arranged taxis will continue parking in their normal spot (opposite side of first-line in taxis near long-term car parking lot) and must remain with their vehicles while the ATO’s direct clients directly to the drivers
Taxi Lounge closed, however restrooms remain open
We understand the uncertainty that accompanies the progression through this new phase, and we thank you for your continued cooperation and diligence during these unprecedented times.
Please be safe and take care!