Rush-hour commuters who do not wear masks
- 2020-05-12 14:47
Rush-hour commuters who do not wear masks will be banned from boarding subway trains in Seoul, South Korea
In an effort to prevent the second wave of a coronavirus outbreak, any rush-hour commuters who do not wear masks will be banned from boarding subway trains in Seoul. Emergency masks are available at subway station kiosks. The order will take effect on May 13, 2020. The Seoul city government encouraged their citizens to avoid using public transport during busy commuting hours to lower the possibility of contamination. Seoul Metro, the operator of Seoul's subway system, sees 160 passengers per car as full capacity. The number of passengers easily exceed full capacity during commuting hours. Train operators can decide to skip a station if the degree of congestion reaches 170 percent.
Since late February, Seoul has gradually reduced the number of public buses as many workers stayed home to telecommute. To cope with a growing number of passengers in May, extra buses will be deployed to busy routes starting Wednesday.