LAKEWOOD, Ohio — More than seven months after the pandemic forced Lakewood’s Division of Aging to cease transportation of seniors to the store, the city is restarting the program on Oct. 20.
“We’re starting with offering transportation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays,” Lakewood Department of Human Services Director Toni Gelsomino said. “We’re already filled for the first two weeks.
“If it looks like we have a need, we’ll add a third (day). We’re kind of finishing up the survey to get an idea of how many people actually need this.”
Offered in the morning and afternoon two days per week with a maximum of four people on each bus, grocery shopping transportation will follow strict social-distancing guidelines with all occupants required to wear masks.
Hand sanitizer will be available on each vehicle for personal use. Drivers will assist passengers with minimal contact. Also, all bus surfaces will be cleaned before and