The Use of Transportation during Pandemic

As community organizations and businesses begin providing services, consider ways on how you can protect yourself and slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease. When you use transportation, consider the following options where you can follow and think about what is practical and acceptable to you and your needs. People who are at a greater risk of having a severe illness of Coronavirus Disease and those living with them must consider their risk level. Also, before going outside, make sure that you are taking steps on how to protect yourself. However, everyone must take precautionary measures on how to protect themselves, their community, and the spread of the disease. 

If You Are At Public Transit:

  • Stay up-to-date

Check with your local transit authorities for the latest information on changes to services. 

  • Limit touching surfaces 

This may be a digital interface, kiosks, restroom surfaces, benches, or elevator buttons, avoid touching them. If you need to touch these surfaces, wash your hands after or use hand sanitizer right away. 

  • Practice hand hygiene and social distancing

Consider traveling during non-peak hours. It is where most likely to have fewer people. Follow social distancing protocols. After you leave the transit station, use hand sanitizer and right after you arrived at your destination, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as well. 

If You Are In A Taxi Or Rideshare:

  • Avoid contact with the frequently touched surface by drivers or passengers. If such surfaces are unavoidable, use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol as soon as possible. 
  • Sit in the backseat such as buses or vans so you can be at least 6 feet far from the driver.
  • You can ask the driver to improve the ventilation inside the vehicle if possible. 
  • After leaving the vehicle, use hand sanitizer and upon arriving, wash your hands also. 

If you are using shared bikes, skateboards, or scooters:

You need to clean and disinfect surfaces especially the frequently touched surfaces on the device. You can use touchless payment as well and after completing your trip, wash your hands thoroughly. 

When Using All Type Of Transportation, You Can Follow These Principles:

  1. Practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene 
  • Before leaving, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol 
  • Upon reaching your destination, wash your hands again as soon as possible
  • With unwashed hands, avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue. If tissue is unavailable, you can use your elbow by bending it and use the inside of it. Throw your used tissue properly and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right away 

2. Practice social distancing 

  • Try to keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters away from others during travel. If you are selecting seats on a train or waiting at a bus station, avoid close contact with others. 

3. Wear masks

Masks are intended to protect you and other people just in case the wearer is unsuspectingly infected and doesn’t show any symptoms. Masks should not be placed on:

  • Babies or children younger than 2 years of age
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or incapacitated