SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 5, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it has been disinfecting bus stations in Seoul once a week since March 3.
Seoul has a total of 4,081 bus stations throughout the city – 3,170 along the streets, 884 on the median bus lanes, and 27 on transfer stations. Each bus station features a chair that citizens can sit when waiting for buses, a digital information board that displays the bus routes, an LED board that shows diverse information on Seoul life, handles, and rods.
As the central government put the country’s response to COVID-19 on its highest alert and the number of confirmed patients is on the rise, the city government recognized the need to take proactive quarantine works at the bus stations to prevent the virus from further spreading into the local community, so it decided to commit the emergency disaster relief fund for the disinfection of bus stations.
The disinfection is implemented directly by the Seoul Bus Business Association and bus station maintenance operators. Or they ask professional private disinfection service companies to do so.
According to the city government’s plan, the busiest bus stations many citizens use are priorly disinfected. The Seoul Metropolitan Government expects that such an effort would be effective to prevent the infectious disease.
The disinfection works will be carried out at around 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., after the rush hours, to avoid any inconvenience citizens may experience when using the bus.
Prior to this measure, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been conducting quarantine works at bus garages and disinfecting more than four to six times a day for areas where are frequently touched by passengers, such as handles and chairs inside the bus, since the coronavirus outbreak began on January 29.