July 29, 2021

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Health and safety measures when using public transport

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Puerto Rico – The last executive order allowed the reopening of collective transportation services such as the AMA, in the Metropolitan area and the SITRAS, in Ponce.

Although these transport services were resumed, it is important to remember that the pandemic has not ended and it is necessary to continue taking health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In order not to lower your guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) provide a series of recommendations or measures to take when you go to use public transportation.

Before leaving your home, the CDC advises that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Upon arrival at the destination, you must wash your hands again or use disinfectant.

At all times, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and when coughing or sneezing, you should cover yourself with a tissue or do it on the inside of the elbow.

During the trip, the CDC recommends that you try to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from people you do not live with, for example, when waiting at the bus station or choosing a seat on the train.

Avoid contact with surfaces frequently touched by passengers or drivers, such as door frames and handles, windows, and other parts of the vehicle. If you must touch these surfaces, immediately use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

On the other hand, do not forget to wear a mask in public settings, in public transport and at your destination where you will be surrounded by other people.

If you are sick, have recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19, or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, avoid using means of transportation that require you to be in close contact with other people.

Before you travel, the CDC advises that you pack disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in case you cannot wash your hands upon arrival.

The CDC also advises that you bring extra masks and a zip-top plastic bag. If your mask gets dirty or wet, put on a clean mask and store the dirty or wet mask in the plastic bag until you can wash it.

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