Pol. Lt. Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the BMA has intensified preventive measures and cautions to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in BMA’s mass transit systems such as the BTS Skytrain system. This includes providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers to commuters for handwashing at security check points of every station. The staff are directed to always wear face masks during their working hours. Anti-virus cleaning procedures are added to all areas at all stations with disinfectants such as ticket counter, escalator handrails and banisters, guardrails at the ticket counter floor, elevators, and platforms. Commuters are convinced to buy smart pass card and top up money via Line Pay application. Social distancing at least 1.5 meters is applied in and between rows at the ticket machines, ticket office, platforms and in the train’s cars.
For the passenger boats, the piers and external surfaces of boats were cleaned by water mixed of disinfectants everyday before rendering services. Inside the boat were also cleaned such as handrails and seats. Cleaning session divided into three times daily, the first one beginning before each boat operates at 05.30-06.00 hrs. The second and third sessions are at 10.30-11.00 hrs. and 15.30-16.00 hrs., respectively.
As for the BRT system, every unit was sprayed with disinfectants from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., alcohol-based hand sanitizers are provides at a ticket counter of every station, and frequency of cleaning session at every station is increased together with cleaning of handrails, escalators and ticket machines.
For the shuttle bus system, disinfectant cleaning process are conducted within shuttle units, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are provided within every shuttle. The buses for the disabled and the elderly with wheelchairs are also thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant both inside and outside and frequency of cleaning session is increased emphasizing frequent contacted spots.