Vaccines for the COVID-19 virus are now available. However, that doesn’t mean you should be lax about your health and safety while riding public transportation. There are some variants being discovered and until this pandemic is completely eradicated, we should still be careful.
Although mass transit has been doing its part in improving the safety of its passengers. You still have the responsibility to watch out for your safety while using public transit. Let’s take a refresher course on that. Here are the things you should do when using public transport.
Wear Your Mask Properly
We are all tired of wearing masks because we aren’t used to breathing with restrictions. However, that shouldn’t stop you from wearing your mask at all times. That is now a rule in the US. Whenever you’re out in a public area and public or even private vehicle, you need to wear your mask properly. Your nose and your mouth should be fully covered.
When traveling with children, remember that they should also wear masks except if they are 2 years or under. People who cannot wear a mask due to their disability are also exempted from this rule. However, this could make them more susceptible and it is risky.
Physical Distancing Should Be Followed
Public transport has lessened their capacity in order to follow the physical distancing rule. Seats, where you could and could not sit, are clearly marked. It is your responsibility to follow such instructions. Also, lines may also appear longer because there is a greater distance between people. Just be patient and follow the guidelines for your own safety.
Proper Hand Hygiene
It would be best to avoid touching anything whenever you can. If you need to touch something, make sure you also sanitize your hands afterward. When you leave the bus stop or the station, sanitize your hands by washing them with soap and water or alcohol. Also, do this after you arrive at your destination.
Another thing you should do is to avoid touching your hands, nose, mouth, or mask. There are now touch-less payments available. There are also doors and trash cans that you don’t need to touch to use them.
Avoid Eating Or Drinking
It is best to avoid eating or drinking in public transit. When you do so, you remove your mask and you also make use of your hands. Instead, eat or drink outside of the vehicle when there are no people close by.
Modify Your Route
If you can, it would be better to modify your route so that you can avoid the more crowded stations. Choose a less crowded route even if you have to spend an extra few minutes. This is especially helpful during peak hours. Apart from your route, you can also choose the time when you travel. If possible, avoid using public transport at peak hours.
Avoid People Who Aren’t Following The Rules Or Guidelines
If you see someone who is not following the rules, it is best to avoid them. Keep a great distance between you and them. They are more likely to have been exposed. Some people may be deliberately doing it just to annoy others or prove their point. However, it is best just to avoid them rather than reason with them. If they are already inside the bus, you could consider getting off at the next stop and waiting for the next one.
Safety And Security
With social distancing, there is less chance for a pickpocket to become successful. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care of your belongings. Keep them close to you at all times and be alert. You can never tell when the bad guys strike.