São Paulo Public Transportation Continues to Operate Normally Amid Coronavirus

There is no emergency plan in place for coronavirus

São Paulo

The bus, subway, and train systems in the city of São Paulo will function normally, and, for now, there is no emergency plan to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

Every day, people in São Paulo make 15.3 million public transport trips, according to the latest Metro Origin and Destination survey. The Ministry of Health recommends avoiding crowds as prevention.

The bus, subway, and train systems in the city of São Paulo will function normally (foto: Rubens Cavallari/Folhapress, NAS RUAS) - Folhapress

For now, the City of São Paulo (which regulates the capital's bus system) and the government (which controls the Metro and CPTM) say they will follow the recommendations of health services—which do not include interruption of public transport.

The main action is to inform passengers. SPTrans publishes the Jornal do Ônibus, a leaflet of information. The current edition explains what the coronavirus is and gives prevention tips: when you cough or sneeze, use your arm, not your hand as a barrier; frequently wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; not sharing objects for personal use.

According to SPTrans, on average, 8.9 million people use the city's bus system on weekdays.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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