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Unread 22-05-2020, 11:34   #1
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At present capacity on all forms or public transport is reduced by about 80% due to social distancing requirements. If the country is to get back to a level of economic activity which is sustainable, this situation will have to be rectified.

If there is one place in which face masks should be mandatory it should be on trains, trams and buses. Yet the minister for transport (totally and predictably useless) is content with "advisory" mask wearing. The trade-off would be a lesser social distancing requirement (1 metre?) subject to being masked.

It would appear that Dublin City Council is planning for vastly increased cycling and walking to work. Fine for short commutes by relatively young and fit people in good weather. Do these idiots expect people to cycle from Bray or Portaloise or even Rathfarnham when it's wet and windy (like now!).

There is much to admire in our handling of the current crisis, but managing the emergence from lockdown looks as if it could be a disaster, in no small part because of the reluctance to take any decision which could involve even the most minute amount of risk
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About a month since I wrote the above piece, and still no official action apart from "encouraging" people on public transport to wear face coverings. Meanwhile even the the dithering UK authorities have made masks compulsory on public transport.

On-one from Irish Rail has had anything to say and the head of the hopeless NTA still merely "advises". Maybe the medics, who are the real government at the moment never stoop to use public transport.

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About a month since I wrote the above piece, and still no official action apart from "encouraging" people on public transport to wear face coverings. Meanwhile even the the dithering UK authorities have made masks compulsory on public transport.

On-one from Irish Rail has had anything to say and the head of the hopeless NTA still merely "advises". Maybe the medics, who are the real government at the moment never stoop to use public transport.

Any views from real rail users?
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Well, I believe masks are now required on public transport.

Friends using public transport report very low compliance. Lots of people seem to put it on while boarding, then either take it off or push it down around their neck.

At present there seem to be very few actually using public transport, so maintaining social distancing isn't too hard. However, as numbers increase, it could be problematic if people don't get in the habit of wearing a mask now.
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This is a shambles. If there is a requirement to wear masks, it should be enforced. We are getting a lot of scare-mongering about the danger of foreign travel, when we cannot enforce even rudimentary rules for domestic travel. Looking at enforcement of rules in continental Europe it seems to be much more rigorous.
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