How to Stay Safe from Coronavirus While on Public Transport
As Ireland faces it’s third wave of COVID-19 it is vital we continue to protect ourselves and vulnerable members of our society by working to reduce the spread of the virus in Ireland.
As Ireland faces it’s third wave of COVID-19 it is vital we continue to protect ourselves and vulnerable members of our society by working to reduce the spread of the virus in Ireland. Read on to learn some tips on how to stay safe from coronavirus while on public transport…
Wear Face Coverings
In line with Government guidance, wearing a face mask or face covering is mandatory on public transport. It is also being encouraged to use face coverings in other situations where it is difficult to maintain social distance, like while waiting at the bus stop or on the train platform. Wearing a face mask may help prevent people who don’t know they have COVID-19 by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets, increasing protection for other passengers on public transport as well as staff.
For more information on face coverings please see Gov.ie Guidance on safe use of face coverings.
Maintain Good Hand Hygiene
One of the most effective ways to stay safe from coronavirus while on public transport is by maintaining good hand hygiene. Using an alcohol-based hand rub regularly while on-the-go is a great way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. It is also advised to touch as few surfaces as possible and to avoid touching your face with your hands. If you are coughing or sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin and sanitise your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow and sanitise your hands.
At times it may be difficult to maintain the recommended social distance of 2 metres from others while on public transport. If you cannot keep this distance, it is encouraged to maintain a 1 metre distance where possible, in particular at entrances, exits, at bus stops, platforms or outside of stations. When on public transport, it is also recommended to travel side by side or behind other people rather than facing them to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Prepare for your Trip
Preparation is key to staying safe from coronavirus on public transport. By planning trips correctly, passengers can significantly reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, this includes ensuring you have everything required to travel; face covering; alcohol-based hand gel; and avoiding peak travel times where possible. You can also use Google Maps to estimates busyness on public transport. This feature allows users to see how crowded a certain bus or train line tends to be at particular times. This is a great way for public transport users to avoid crowds or find an alternative, safer route or different travel time.