Before the current pandemic, getting a bus, train, or taxi to your destination didn’t require much thinking and didn’t involve so much risk. However, COVID-19 world take-over has caused many industries to make necessary changes to how they operate. These changes are needed to ensure that lives are safe and that the chances of transmitting the virus are limited.
In most countries, public transportation was on total lockdown at the time of the first wave of the virus. However, as the months went by, lockdown measures were eased, and we can now use public transportation systems.
Since the virus is still very much among us, it’s important to practice safety measures while commuting on any form of public transportation. Here are some safety measures we should consider implementing.
Adjusting Travel Routes and Avoiding Busy Periods
Now more than ever is the time to properly plan for everything, from special traveling to general commuting. Consider the busy commuting hours and prepare to be at the train or bus station when there is the least possible number of people. If a route is usually busy, consider an alternative. Equally, try as much as possible to avoid rush hour when there is a higher public transport service frequency.
Maintain Social Distancing
Public transportations authorities have been mandated to ensure a reduction in the density of transport systems, but you still should also ensure this is followed. Make sure that you are at least 6 feet away from the next passenger while on public transportation. Especially people that are not from the same household as you.
Wearing a Mask and Using Hand Sanitizer
A public bus or train is one of the top places to get infected with COVID-19. You have no means of gauging if the last commuter is infected or has maintained proper hygiene. What you can do is try to save yourself. Wear a face mask whenever you’re in these confined spaces to avoid possible spread.
It is also important to avoid touching surfaces, considering the number of people who make contact with these surfaces. More so, washing your hands with soap and water is less feasible in public transport, but you can frequently use the alternative alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Use of Contactless Technology
Using contactless technology like purchasing tickets online, contactless cards for payments, and other transactions is another excellent way to ensure safety in public transportation systems.
Not only does using method reduces your chances of contracting and transmitting the virus, but it’s also secure, faster than conventional payment methods, and convenient.
While you aren’t ignoring how serious the virus is, it’s important to factor in other health risks that you may be exposed to asides from COVID-19. This can help you to always remain conscious and take necessary safety precautions.
Taking the essential steps to stay safe in and outside the public transport system is crucial. Not only do you stand the risk of contracting the virus, but you can also act as a carrier without even realizing it. Maintain proper hygiene, disinfect your spaces, and stay far away from people whenever you feel sick.