Users relax biosanitary measures in transport

Truck drivers do not guarantee social distancing. Maria I Batista

After the World Health Organization declared the covid-19 pandemic last March, the national government suspended non-essential work activities and academic ones, and established a radical quarantine in the country. From now on, it defined a broader biosafety protocol, in addition to the recommendations prior to the entry into force of the state of alarm.

The commercial life of the country came to a halt and with it public transport, which for a considerable period of time was subject to the transfer of personnel from priority industries: communications, food, services and other sectors. Such is the case of the Caracas Metro, in which up to now, in some cases, users have chosen to relax their self-protection.

Despite the constant calls for reflection from the competent authorities, during a tour of the Últimas Noticias In some areas of the capital, it was observed the lack of interest and non-compliance of people when making use of the transport units and the lack of protection mechanisms.

Almost two and a half months after the declaration of the pandemic, at which time Venezuela only had, until May 31, 1.512 infections and 17 deaths, according to data from the Patria platform, the Ministry for Health established health regulations for social responsibility to help mitigate and eradicate covid-19 outbreaks. It was published in the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela No. 41.891 on June XNUMX.

In this regard, the resolution states that public or private transport service providers, in each of its modalities, must ensure that users comply with the regulations, in addition to defining signs at stops and stations to distance people. ; temperature control at the entrance of the units, and among other measures, "passengers must maintain a position through distance", refers to resolution 090 of the health portfolio.

However, and despite the fact that the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, recently detailed that they managed to flatten the contagion curve, in Metro stations such as Plaza Venezuela, La Hoyada and Capitolio it was found that after 7:00 at night, the access control is limited or non-existent.

In others such as Plaza Sucre, the entrance door is the same one through which returning users exit, which causes queues to form and thus the distance between people is not guaranteed. Many, on the other hand, wait for the influx to decrease to leave.

On the other hand, during two tours of the same stations in the morning, it was observed that the officials did not apply the respective control to those who enter the subway. Some choose to answer their phones or talk to individuals, in addition to not having gloves and misusing means of protection. At the Capitolio station, it was also noted that there is no control at the turnstiles, which causes crowds among those seeking to leave in a hurry.

Opening hours

And it is that, after the flexibility of transport in the middle of the year, the agreed schedule was between 7:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon. Subsequently, with the establishment of the wide flexibility every seven days, the transport works until later.

At the Casa Blanca stop that covers several routes in Catia, Gramoven and Nuevo Horizonte, Sucre parish, buses work until after 8:00 at night and without restricting the number of users for the transfer. The same situation was verified in the morning hours both in the radical and flexible week.

Guilds. In June, Minister Hipólito Abreu also pointed out that the instrument to prevent the spread of the virus was agreed with the transport unions. Thus, they evaluated ventilation, the use of a mask and disinfection.

The senior official pointed out that those who make use of surface or underground transport must use a mask and protective elements.

On Line 1, for example, the Pérez Bonalde, Caño Amarillo, Parque Carabobo and other stations are not providing commercial service.

Peak-hour trains are also working at full capacity and street vendors are already entering the daily metro scene again.

Street vendors took over the subway again