Thailand scraps all enforcement of social distancing on public rail networks

September 3, 2020

Thailand's Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday that there is no necessity in practicing social distancing on all public rail transport systems, as the country had already surpassed three months of zero local COVID-19 transmission.

The Ministry's Department of Rail Transport has decided to ease social distancing measures, when travelling on all public rail transport systems, by allowing the occupancy of all seats, but passengers must wear face masks and refrain from talking to each other during the journey, said an announcement issued by the ministry.

All railway service operators are subject to check the temperatures of all passengers before boarding and ensure carriages are not too packed.

All passengers are advised to rub their hands with sanitizer before boarding and after disembarking and to use the COVID-19 tracking application.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date are 3,425, with 3,274 recoveries and 58 deaths, while 93 others are still being treated in hospital.