Safe Distancing Stickers on Singapore Public Transport – Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures

Since March this year, safe distancing measures have been introduced in the public transport network such as queue lines or boxes in bus interchanges and train stations at General Ticketing Machines to space apart from the person in front of and behind you. From 7 April 2020 to 31 May 2020, in line with the Singapore COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced Safe Distancing Stickers in the public transport network.

NOTE: All photos were taken during my essential travel for essential activities only, hence why there’s such a delay in this post. Trainspotting is not an essential activity to leave your home for.

Safe Distancing Stickers on Trains

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There are both Safe Distancing Stickers for seats and standees on board trains. However, they serve different functions.

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For Safe Distancing Stickers on seats, they instruct passengers NOT to sit on those marked with such stickers. They are present to space out empty seats between commuters.

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For Safe Distancing Stickers for standees, they mark out where passengers SHOULD stand. They are present to space out empty seats between commuters.

Commuters should adhere to the spaces that are demarcated to maintain safe distancing from other commuters.

Safe Distancing Stickers on Buses

Safe Distancing Stickers Bus Upper Deck

There are only Safe Distancing Stickers for seats on board buses. These are now tied to the seat handles after the stickers on seats failed to stick properly, resulting in some commuters alighting from buses with the stickers stuck on their pants.

For Safe Distancing Stickers on seats, they instruct passengers NOT to sit on those marked with such stickers. They are present to space out and stagger empty seats between commuters.

There are no standee stickers on board buses. This however does not mean that standees are free to stand anywhere they like. Social distancing still needs to be enforced. However, it is more likely that the existing reduced capacity of seats would be more than enough for all passengers on board the buses (likely possibility), or that boarding would stop once all available seats are filled up (not officially confirmed since buses are never full now).

On top of these Safe Distancing Stickers, Public Transport Operators’ (PTOs) Transport Ambassadors (TA) and bus captains, together with LTA’s enforcement officers, will ensure that public transport commuters maintain safe distances, for example, by limiting the number of commuters who can enter train stations and buses.

NOTE: All photos were taken during my essential travel for essential activities only, hence why there’s such a delay in this post. Trainspotting is not an essential activity to leave your home for.

More details on elevated safe distancing measures on public transport are available from the official LTA News Release here.

Removal of Safe Distancing Stickers

Khaw Boon Wan Remove Safe Distancing Stickers
Image credit: Khaw Boon Wan

From 1 June 2020, in line with the lifting of the Singapore Circuit Breaker, the green and orange safe distancing stickers on Singapore public transport will be removed as physical distancing will be difficult once the crowds return. All commuters must continue to put on a mask.

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2 comments

    1. Well for starters you aren’t supposed to leave your home except for essential activities, and everyone needs to wear a mask the moment they step out of their homes. If you’re afraid of meeting another human being, you should indeed adhere to more than the Government’s advice and stay at home throughout the Circuit Breaker period. Furthermore, I could have taken an entirely empty section of the train with the current Circuit Breaker crowd. Yes, I am a Singaporean.

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