Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2020. 2:16 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Department of Transport (DOT) announced today a series of guidelines to be adhered to when using public transportation under the newly amended State of Emergency (SOE) regulations.
The DOT said that, despite the relaxing of some of the SOE measures, the department continues to work with the Ministry of Health in the national response for COVID-19 and strongly encourages anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay home and avoid traveling.
The newly implemented regulations include: 1. Daily commuters are advised to take alternative buses in the morning and evening to avoid travel during rush hours. Note that the peak hours for workers are from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
“Even though Belize is not in a heightened state of emergency, the public is still encouraged to plan ahead and consider traveling outside rush hours, where possible, in an effort to promote social distancing,” the DOT said.
The department also recommended that passengers keep the three-to six-foot distance from each other recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and encouraged members of the public to report over-crowding of public transportation, including buses, busitos, dollar vans, water taxis and taxis by calling 610-8163.
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