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The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate has installed temporary fences at various public transport interchanges (PTIs) across Cape Town as an additional safety measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 infections across the metro. The City has, in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic, installed speed fencing at the PTIs to regulate access so that only commuters who are wearing masks can enter the facilities.
The PTI facilities where speed fencing has been installed include:
‘COVID-19 has challenged us and will do so for some time to come. We have changed the way we live our lives, and we have had to adapt our behaviour for the sake of our safety and those around us. Thousands of our residents rely on minibus-taxis to get around, be it for work, medical reasons, or to run errands. Thus, as a caring City, we place the safety of commuters at the centre of our service delivery. The speed fencing helps manage access to the facilities while increasing the safety of the commuters and ensures that social distancing is maintained, especially during peak hours,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
In addition to the taps inside the ablution facilities, we have made hand sanitisers available at all facilities where users can sanitise their hands.
Furthermore, we have issued megaphones at the 30 biggest sites and onsite security is using these on a daily basis to make commuters aware of social distancing and the wearing of masks.
‘We have put all of these measures in place to help make the commuters’ journey as safe as possible, however, personal safety rests with each and every one of us. Thus, I call on all commuters to be vigilant, especially as the festive season is upon us, and to take the necessary precautions before they leave home. Together, we can beat the pandemic,’ said Alderman Purchase.
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