Wales has banned public transport users from talking on the cell phone, reading newspapers or consuming food and drink on the bus or train as it combats the spread of the coronavirus.
The government directive also orders passengers not to run for the bus or to circulate in the main transport centers such as stations.
And he says people should travel in “relative silence” without “noisy activities” like singing on board.
The strict rules have been published under the sub-heading “administrative controls” as “additional mitigation measures in public transport where a physical distance of two meters is difficult or impossible”.
The operators have been informed that they could put them into force from Monday 13 July, in addition to the current restrictions, in particular the obligation for all passengers to wear a face mask.
The Welsh government has said it is “take all possible precautions” because “it is clear that coronavirus can be spread by aerosol transmission – when people speak loudly, eat or even breathe strongly after running for the bus “.
They will ask everyone who uses public transportation, including taxis, to wear three-layer face covers from July 27.
Only 18 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wales today, bringing their total to 16,871. The UK has registered 45,000 deaths and more than 292,000 cases.
The Welsh government has introduced tough measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. (Stock photo of woman on her phone)
Transport for Wales already requires passengers to wear face masks and sit apart
According to the directives, the race for the bus will not be authorized. Drivers are expected to wait
It is unclear how the changes will be applied, or whether there will be fines imposed on those who do not comply with the restrictions.
Transport for Wales urged passengers not to use its services, except for essential travel earlier this month, as households were allowed to form an “exclusive bubble” with another household for the first time.
They said this was due to the expected increase in the number of trips and to ensuring that there is enough space for key workers or those without alternative options.
TfW CEO James Price said, “The safety of our colleagues and customers has been and will always be our top priority.
“We need to step up our campaign for safer travel, emphasizing that public transport is essential travel and where there are no other travel alternatives.”
Arriva Wales, which operates buses in the country, currently forces passengers to sit in the window seats while leaving an empty seat in the back and front row. It also requires passengers to stay two meters apart, to pay without contact and to wear masks.
Neither carrier has announced that it is applying the new restrictions.
The restrictions, which operators could introduce from July 13, could also prohibit reading newspapers on buses and trains.
Consumption of food on public transportation is also prohibited under restrictions
No phone calls or singing on public transport: Welsh travel restrictions
- Do not use cellphones to speak in public transport except in an emergency (aerosol transmission)
- No run in transport hubs (aerosol transmission)
- Don’t run for the bus (aerosol transmission) – drivers must be alert and wait
- Do not eat food or drink in public transport (except, for example, for medical reasons)
- Travel in relative silence – no “noisy” activities in public transport (such as singing) (this would reduce the potential transmission of aerosols)
In England, users of public transport are required to stand two meters apart as much as possible, to wear a face mask and to use buses and trains only for essential journeys.
Boris Johnson urged employers to bring office workers back to their desks to “save the British economy”.
But the Ministry of Transport still advises the British to use public transport only for essential journeys.
A spokesperson for the department said their advice was “constantly under consideration.”
The government’s chief scientific advisor castigated the plans today, saying there is “no reason” for the British to stop working from home.
The Welsh government has already been criticized for its response to the coronavirus crisis.
A report commissioned by Plaid Cymru and compiled by Tro Da Global Health Consultancy said that “by stopping community testing and tracing for Covid-19, Wales has lost the ability to understand the spread of Covid-19 and the ability to control it. “
The author of the report, Dr. Camilla Ducker, added: “Between the end of the community tests and the start of the lockout, a period of several days passed.
“During this period, community transmission would of course have continued without hindrance. “