COVID-19: LTA to install safe-distancing stickers, thermal scanners in public transport network

Commuters on an MRT train during COVID-19 enhanced safe distancing period. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — All trains and train stations, as well as buses, bus interchanges and bus stops, will be marked with safe distancing stickers, as part of additional measures in the public transport network to be implemented by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

In a media release on Thursday (9 April), LTA said that standing spaces and seats that should be avoided, will be marked out.

Sample of safe-distancing stickers to be put up by LTA on public transport network. (PHOTO: Land Transport Authority)

Transport ambassadors from the public transport operators, bus captains and LTA enforcement officers will ensure that commuters maintain safe distances, for example, by limiting the number of commuters who can enter train stations and buses.

Thermal scanners at selected stations

Thermal scanners will also be deployed at selected stations to provide an additional layer of screening. Commuters who have been picked up by the scanners as having a fever will not be allowed to enter the station, and be asked to seek medical attention at the nearest clinics immediately.

For a start, the thermal scanners have been deployed at Serangoon and Tiong Bahru MRT stations.

Commuters are reminded to avoid travelling on the public transport network and visit their nearest clinics if they are unwell. Those who need to travel for essential purposes should put on a reusable face mask when travelling in the public transport network, and refrain from crowding.

LTA said that safe distancing measures have been introduced in the public transport network since March. They include queue markers at retail establishments and general ticketing machines in bus interchanges and train stations.

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