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Safe distancing measures will be progressively rolled out on all trains, train stations, buses, bus stops and interchanges to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

09 Apr 2020 | Local News : Singapore


All trains, train stations, buses, bus stops and interchanges will be progressively marked with safe distancing stickers, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on 9 April 2020, the third day of heightened measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Standing spaces and seats that should be avoided will be marked out.

Thermal scanners will also be deployed at selected MRT stations to provide an additional layer of screening
"Commuters should adhere to the spaces that are demarcated to maintain safe distances from others when commuting," the LTA said.

Transport ambassadors and bus captains, together with LTA's enforcement officers, will help to see to this. They will limit the number of passengers entering train stations and buses, for instance.

The transport ambassadors, who include former taxi drivers and aviation crew, will be deployed 'progressively'. About 100 have already been deployed at selected MRT stations this week, an LTA spokesman said. More will join them in the coming weeks.

Thermal scanners will also be deployed at selected MRT stations to provide an additional layer of screening before commuters enter the public transport network.

Commuters who are detected to be having a fever will not be allowed to enter, and will be asked to seek medical attention at the nearest clinic immediately. The first stations to have scanners will be Serangoon and Tiong Bahru.

Observers note that thee distancing measures should be feasible now that public transport ridership has plunged
The LTA said, "We would like to remind all commuters to be socially responsible. During this period when the elevated set of safe distancing measures are in force, everyone is advised to stay at home and avoid unnecessary commutes. Those who need to travel for essential purposes should put on a reusable face mask... and refrain from crowding. They should also follow the instructions given by transport ambassadors and LTA enforcement officers."

Observers said the distancing measures should be feasible now that public transport ridership has plunged. Before the elevated distancing measures kicked in this week, bus and rail ridership had already halved because many people were working from home.

Checks byThe Straits Times on 6 April 2020 revealed significantly emptier MRT trains during the morning peak hours.
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