All public buses in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed services starting Monday, May 11, according to the city’s Management and Operation Center for Public Transport (MOCPT).
All 94 government-subsidized commuter bus routes will gradually inch towards normal capacity from Monday, starting with 80 percent of their original frequencies and adding more trips per day in accordance to customers’ demands.
Bus No. 13, which runs between the city’s downtown bus terminal in District 1 and Cu Chi Bus Station in the namesake outlying district, and Bus No. 94, which connects Cho Lon Bus Station in District 5 and Cu Chi Bus Station, will not join this resumption as they plan to come back on May 15, remodeled as non-subsidized bus routes.
The MOCPT calls for cooperation from bus drivers and passengers to comply with safety guidelines for protection against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which include wearing face masks in public as well as on public transport vehicles, washing hands regularly and ensuring personal hygiene.
Passengers are also asked to curb direct contact and conversations and to avoid eating on public vehicles.
Bus drivers and operators have been ordered to clean up buses after every trip and to disinfect all open surfaces on the vehicle that are prone to direct contact such as handles and seats.
Some buses in Ho Chi Minh City have already resumed operation from April 23 after a 22-day halt of all public transport operations due to Vietnam’s social distancing policies against the spread of COVID-19.
Vietnam has confirmed 288 cases of COVID-19 so far, with 249 having recovered.
No death from the disease has been recorded in the country.