Safe distancing stickers will be removed from trains and buses post-CB: Khaw Boon Wan

Train and bus capacity will be increased to the maximum to meet the increased demand from June 2.

Nigel Chua | June 01, 2020, 03:35 PM

The last day of Singapore's circuit breaker is today, June 1.

This means that from tomorrow, students will return to schools in staggered cohorts, while some businesses will reopen for the first time since CB kicked in on April 7.

With that, arrangements are being made to accommodate the anticipated increase in commuters on public transport, in the post-CB period.

Safe distancing stickers to be removed

One of the changes that Singapore can expect to see is that safe distancing stickers on buses and trains will be removed, according to a Facebook post by Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan on June 1.

These stickers, introduced in early April, were used to mark out seats on public transport that should not be occupied, in order to ensure that there would safe distancing between commuters.

Khaw said that as more commuters are expected from tomorrow, "there will be times when safe distancing will not be possible."

Therefore, all commuters should wear masks at all times, he added.

Train and bus capacity increased to maximum, no talking allowed

It was previously announced that train and bus capacity will be increased to the maximum, to meet the increased demand after the CB period.

Commuters will also have to continue wearing masks while on the public transport network and refrain from talking to others or on the phone.

Staggered working hours, telecommuting encouraged

Meanwhile, the majority of the workforce is expected to work from home even though the CB period has come to an end, according to Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, who is also co-chair of the Covid-19 Multi-Ministerial Task Force.

Staff should only return to work "if they need specialised equipment and machinery that cannot be accessed from home, or if they need to fulfil legal requirements (eg to complete contracts or transactions)", Wong said.

Staggered working hours and "hybrid arrangements" where employees work from home on some days are also encouraged for those who are unable to work from home.

Related stories:

Top image via Khaw Boon Wan on Facebook