Public transport in Dubai: RTA announces new social distancing guidelines

The RTA has said facemasks must be worn plus a new limit of two passengers in a taxi

Public transport in Dubai: RTA announces new social distancing guidelines

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has issued new guidelines for using public transport in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

Public transport users are urged not to leave the house unless “absolutely necessary” and must now maintain social distancing on the metro. If you’re using public transport you must also wear a face mask, while only two passengers can share a taxi.

“As part of precautionary measures to cope with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), RTA announced several preventive and proactive measures to protect the health of public transport riders,” said the RTA.

“Measures taken include controlling the number of riders per metro/bus to maintain a safe distance between riders. Bus doors will be controlled by the driver. The number of taxi riders has been limited to two per taxi (in the rear seat).

“We urge riders not to use public transport unless necessary, to plan their journeys ahead to avoid peak hours, as delay is expected due to the new measures taken, also to cooperate with the supervisors deployed at bus and metro stations or aboard these modes.

The RTA also put out a video guide to using the Metro

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