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Bangkok buses to ease social distancing requirements in Phase 5 as schools reopen



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In the fifth stage of Thailand’s easing of Emergency Decree lockdown measures, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority plans to ease social distancing measures public buses to accommodate the increase in commuters after schools reopen on July 1.

“In the fifth phase of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown, which will start on July 1, the government will allow schools and many entertainment venues to reopen, while the Ministry of Transport will allow public vehicles to carry passengers at 70% of capacity. The BMTA will therefore relax the social distancing measures that have been implemented on public buses for almost 2 months, as we expect that after July 1 the number of commuters will jump to over 900,000 per day.”

The measures that the BMTA will employ after July 1…

  • Plying its full fleet of buses, around 3,000 per day, and increasing the number of trips during rush hours. All buses will be cleaned thoroughly with disinfectants before commencing service and will be equipped with alcohol gel dispensers at the entrance.
  • Allowing  a maximum of 10 standing passengers with a 1 metre distance between them as marked on the floor. Buses that reach capacity will display a sign on the windshield to inform commuters waiting at bus stops.
  • Some bench seats (for 2 passengers) will be allowed for those who travel together or are from the same family. Previously only 1 passenger was allowed to sit on a bench seat.

“The other measures that we have been employing, such as checking alcohol level, blood pressure and temperature of all staff every day, will still be in place after July 1, while all staff and passengers must wear face masks all the time while on the bus. Passengers are also encouraged to scan the QR code to check in and check out via Thai Chana mobile application to log their travel record, which will be helpful in tracing the spread of Covid-19.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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