While Metro Vancouver commuters are used to packed SkyTrain cars during rush hour things have taken quite the turn as residents are now practising social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While TransLink has not made changes to its operations, officials noted earlier this week that they are exploring potential service changes, such as capacity limits inside vehicles to prevent overcrowding and promote social distancing.
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As for now, TransLink says it has enacted enhanced cleaning measures, including daily disinfecting of all surfaces in buses, trains, SeaBus ferries, stations, and machines.
If you’ve recently taken the SkyTrain, you will notice many cars are empty — and under these circumstances, that is a good thing. Here are some snapshots of what Metro Vancouver transit has looked like this week.
— Kevin (@CanucksPetey20) March 18, 2020
— Trevor (@trevlarocque) March 17, 2020
Skytrain so empty !!!!!!!!!!! We r only 4 guys in whole train .. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/HMI4OcyJ9a
— Avtar (@avtar_badesha) March 17, 2020
I am not usually the only person on the SkyTrain on my way to work. 😬 pic.twitter.com/z8pUgbyzMs
— Jada Natalie Stevens (@cityjada) March 13, 2020
— NewWestBoyⓂ️ (@66mitchell) March 19, 2020
Skytrain rush hour w/ social distancing pic.twitter.com/tUfPrqJCWQ
— Dean Regier (@DeanRegier) March 18, 2020
Good job on staying home, Vancouver! Lonely skytrain rides are the best right now. pic.twitter.com/Zjnuvlx0DU
— Meg (@geo_megs) March 17, 2020
— Derick Chutter (@DerickChutter) March 19, 2020
With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.