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Guidance for Public Transportation

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  • Check with local transit authorities for the latest information on changes to services and procedures, especially if you might need additional assistance.

Avoid touching surfaces

  • As much as possible, limit touching frequently touched surfaces such as kiosks, digital interfaces such as touchscreens and fingerprint scanners, ticket machines, turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, and benches as much as possible.
    • If you must touch these surfaces, as soon as you can, wash your hands for 30 seconds with soap and water or rub your hands with sanitizer containing 60% alcohol.
  • Use touchless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors when available. Exchange cash or credit cards by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter rather than by hand, if possible.

Social distance

  • When possible, consider traveling during non-peak hours when there are likely to be fewer people.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from people who are not from your household. For example:
    • Avoid gathering in groups, and stay out of crowded spaces when possible, especially at transit stations and stops.
    • Consider skipping a row of seats between yourself and other riders if possible.
    • Enter and exit buses through rear entry doors if possible.
    • Look for social distancing instructions or physical guides offered by transit authorities (for example, floor decals or signs indicating where to stand or sit to remain at least 6 feet apart from others).

Practice hand hygiene

  • After you leave the transit station or stop, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • When you arrive at your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) along with the World Heath Organization (WHO) have prepared a video regarding public transportation and it can be viewed by clicking here.

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