Coronavirus in UAE: Here Is How Dubai Metro Has Enforced Social Distancing
At Dubai Metro, each train will be limited to a total of 138 passengers (seating capacity) and 72 passengers on each tram and staff will be deployed on platforms to monitor the occupancy and report to Operations Control Center. Find out more here!
The practice of social distancing following the widespread coronavirus outbreak in the United Arab Emirates has prompted authorities to take respective action to safeguard the lives of people. In light of this, the Dubai Metro has enforced strict measures on restricting the number of passengers, to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. According to various media outlets, metro travelers stood in long lines outside the station trying to figure out the newly-made changes. Meanwhile, SERCO, the company which is responsible for operating and maintaining Dubai Metro issued a statement about how many people can board one train and how the system will be monitored.
A snapshot of Dubai Metro
“Each train will be limited to a total of 138 passengers (seating capacity) and 72 passengers on each tram and staff will be deployed on platforms to monitor the occupancy and report to Operations Control Center,” it said. Other precautionary measures that have been taken reportedly include the closure of moving walkways and the use of escalators and elevators limited for the elderly and those with special needs only.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced 50 new cases of COVID-19 the new coronavirus, in addition to the recovery of four people. These new cases were among individuals who had close contact with cases announced previously, as well as people who had returned from abroad. The total number of confirmed cases in the UAE now stands at 248. "I am not quite sure if there were announcements made for @DubaiMetro but seeing this situation this morning just literally blew my mind. Social distancing inside the train has been implemented by limiting passengers but see how this line outside just to get inside,” wrote one user. Dubai’s public transportation provides services to 1.5 million people per day. Here is to hoping the number of affected cases reduce in the Gulf emirate and the UAE as a whole!