Businesses are opening up, schools will be starting again soon, and community activities may be beginning services, yet again. While these are all great things and a step in the right direction for our state, it is important that we do it in a safe manner. Riding a bus, commuter rail, or subway during the next few months to a year may require some forethought and planning on your part. Here are a few ways we have found that you can protect yourself on mass transit.
Create a “Go” Bag
Many commuters are finding that they need certain supplies to travel to and from work in a safe manner. A “go” bag, of sorts, may be helpful. Create a small bag that has all the supplies that you will need to get to and from work in the safest way possible. This bag may include: hand sanitizer, masks, wipes, and gloves. Having these things on hand can make it easier to follow CDC guidelines and protect yourself and others.
Good Hygiene Before and After
Prior to getting on a bus, subway, or commuter rail, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or more with soap and water. This will make certain that you have clean hands before you enter the mass transit and again after you have been on the transportation.
Practice Social Distancing
We know this is easier said than done when it comes to riding public transportation. Wherever possible, sit away from others and reposition yourself after each stop if that helps you maintain 6 feet or more distance between you and the others riders.
Some regular commuters have found it helpful to shift their hours, when possible, to travel at off peak times on public transportation when busses and trains are not as crowded. Other commuters have gotten quite clever in getting off a stop or two before their regular stop and walking the rest of the way to cut down on exposure time while on mass transit and to give them a chance to walk.
Wear a Face Covering
Citizens of Massachusetts have done a great job of correctly wearing a face covering over both the nose and mouth when out and about and unable to maintain social distance. The experts at the CDC and WHO explain that this is one of the best things we can do to stop the transmission of the virus.
Stay Home as Appropriate
If you have any symptoms such as a cough, fever, body aches, or have been around anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus – stay home. Since so many people are asymptomatic, this is another way we can help stop the spread of the virus.
For more information about how you can travel safely, check out the resources at the Centers for Disease Control. Stay informed and we wish you well.