KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — Social distancing rules will be lifted at Rapid KL trains and stations from tomorrow as they will operate as usual during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
Rapid Rail CEO Abdul Hadi Amran said the Transport Ministry has allowed 100 per cent capacity under the RMCO for all rail services except for the ETS, which connects Kuala Lumpur to Gemas and cities in the north, and KTM Intercity services.
“Starting 10 June 2020, under the RMCO, the LRT Kelana Jaya, LRT Ampang/ Sri Petaling, MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang, and Monorail lines handled by Rapid Rail will end social distancing rules in the train. Social distancing signs in the trains and stations have already been removed,” Abdul Hadi said in a statement today.
He said rail services would continue with health and safety procedures like temperature screening for workers and passengers, with those above 37.5 degree Celsius temperature not allowed to board.
Face masks also remain mandatory for all workers and passengers when using the public transport system.
Hand sanitisers will be provided at train stations, while passengers are encouraged to use non-cash payment methods, like monthly passes or Touch N Go cards. Passengers are also encouraged to download the MySejahtera app that tracks Covid-19 hotspots and to scan the QR Code when entering train stations.
Rapid Rail expected to increase total passengers to 750,000 daily, compared to below 200,000 a day during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
“Sanitation and cleaning activities at stations and trains will be continued as in previous times,” Abdul Hadi said.
The RMCO, which allows interstate travel and most businesses to resume, has been scheduled from tomorrow until August 31.
Malaysia has been mostly recording new Covid-19 infections below 100 daily for the past few weeks, hitting a record low of seven new coronavirus cases yesterday.
Update at 4.45pm: Rapid Rail has decided to maintain social distancing rules in the LRT, MRT, and KL Monorail services, after Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the company did not obtain approval from the government to lift safe distancing guidelines. Read more here.