Talking on trains gets chop

Talking on trains gets chop

People are asked not to talk while riding on trains in the latest precaution against Covid-19, according to the Department of Rail Transport (DRT).

DRT director-general Kittiphan Panchan said people are urged to practise social distancing, wear masks and to refrain from talking to others or on the phone during train rides. The department has issued a set of practical measures to be followed in maximising public health safety for passenger and cargo transport.

The public are also asked to use hand sanitiser before entering and after leaving a train, scan body temperature and log into the Thai Chana app for easy tracing. Related agencies will make sure trains are not crowded. Suburban or electric trains may run more frequently during rush hours.

Mr Kittiphan said train services crossing between provinces where infections are most prevalent will be strictly monitored.

The measures were announced under the emergency decree to limit the spread of the virus nationwide. They include a cutback on rail transport services between 9pm-4am starting from yesterday until July 25.

The announcement was made in tandem with tougher restrictions on people's movements and curfews in 10 provinces, including Bangkok, for 14 days from yesterday. The other provinces are Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.

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