In response to the widespread fears of COVID-19 transmissions in trains and other means of public transport, the train operators have introduced new instructions for passengers. The guidelines are primarily aimed at ensuring public safety by reducing the risks of disease transmission at the train terminals and inside the trains. While the instructions may vary from one train operator to another, the following are the key guidelines for traveling on a train that you should observe.
Undergo Mandatory Screening
Unlike in the past, all passengers traveling by train must now undergo mandatory thermal screening at the point of departure. Only passengers who are asymptomatic will be allowed to board the trains.
Those who are confirmed or suspected to have been exposed to the deadly virus will not be allowed to board. The authorities will immediately isolate them from the rest and admitted to the designated COVID-19 facilities.
Follow the Sanitization and Hygiene Procedures
All passengers are required to wear face masks when boarding. You must also undergo the process of hand hygiene and sanitization when getting into the train.
Maintain Social Distancing On Board
The trains have also changed and reduced their seating capacities to minimize physical contact as much as possible inside the cabins. Take your seat and keep a one-meter distance between you and the next passenger.
Try to also avoid frequent lavatory visits and unnecessary movements inside the train.
Don’t Eat in the Train
Trains will also not allow passengers to consume meals or any other edibles while on board, so, make sure that you eat well before leaving home. However, you can carry drinking water in a water bottle.
Observing the above guidelines will help you to travel safely and conveniently. But, you should also remember to check with your train company about any other mandatory instructions that passengers should observe on-board and upon arrival at their destinations.