In the face of the national emergency in the country, bus companies subscribed to the main national chambers of public transport reinforced hygiene actions based on the guideline “Procedure for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Public Passenger Transport Companies in Costa Rica ”
The initiative is a joint effort of the National Chamber of Transport (CANATRANS), the National Chamber of Buses (Canabus), the Chamber of Transporters of San José (CTSJ), the Chamber of Buses of Heredia (CAH), the Chamber of Buses del Atlántico (CAA), with the support of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) and the Council of Public Transport (CTP).
“This procedure establishes the guidelines for the prevention of this disease and with this, we are committed to guaranteeing users the optimal hygiene conditions so that they can travel without fear and taking all precautionary measures,” said Silvia Bolaños, executive director. of the National Chamber of Transport (CANATRANS).
Bolaños called for users to continue having the confidence to travel as they do daily on public transport.
Part of the implemented actions consist of strengthening daily cleaning of the units before rendering the service; extreme hand washing throughout the work day; use of gloves by the collection staff to count the money and that the drivers always carry some antibacterial product on the bus.
The hygiene provisions are complemented by a campaign through infographics that are already displayed on the rear and sides of more than 220 units, as well as the placement of informational supplies on buses on various routes, both in the Metropolitan Area and short and long-distance Interurban routes. long and rural routes in almost the entire country.
In addition, companies implement other measures such as the following:
- Provide bathrooms, toilets, dining rooms and bedrooms with sufficient water, soap, disposable towels or electric dryers for drying hands.
- Place the hand washing technique posters and the protocol to follow when coughing and sneezing in the hygienic – sanitary facilities.
- Use of personal protective equipment for those responsible for washing the units.
- All workers must carry a handkerchief or disposable paper and have garbage cans to deposit them. In the case of the scarf, they cannot share it and change it daily.
- The checkers will carry out the controls from the outside of the bus (driver’s window), avoiding getting on the unit.
- Drivers must be informed about COVID-19 virus regarding what it is, symptoms, prevention measures and specific safety procedure.
- Ask passengers to keep the windows open and to have better ventilation and allow sunlight to enter the bus.
- Units must have garbage cans for users to deposit garbage.
Finally, and in accordance with the General Guidelines for owners and administrators of Public Transportation of Persons at the National Level, issued by the Ministry of Health, the units can only circulate with properly seated passengers.