What is social distancing in the context of Covid-19?

As a protective measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, we advise that everyone – whether or not you are showing symptoms – practises social distancing.

The World Health Organisation advises maintaining at least a one-metre distance between yourself and others; specifically, anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small droplets from their nose or mouth that may contain the virus. If you are too close to them, you could breathe in these microscopic droplets that may contain Covid-19.

Avoid social gatherings and refrain from making physical contact with other individuals outside your immediate family.

How can I practise social distancing on the Gautrain?

Passengers are encouraged to apply social distancing measures at Gautrain stations and on board our trains, buses and midibuses. We have applied floor decals at the stations, spaced at least a metre apart, to help passengers to spread out and keep a clear distance from each other. 

The same applies to Gautrain buses – maintain at least a one-metre distance between yourself and others while at a bus stop. 

On board our trains, buses and midibuses, certain seats have been cordoned off to allow for social distancing. Passengers must remain seated at all times while on board.

Please wear a mask at all times and keep a safe distance from others, especially if they are coughing.

With many people now working from home, trains are unlikely to be crowded, but if the train is full, please wait for the next one.

Will a face mask keep me safe from possible infection on public transport?

Face masks are mandatory when anyone is out in public, including when using public transport. Wearing a cloth mask or face covering (such as a bandana), in conjunction with frequent hand washing, will help reduce the risk of infection. 

If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay home and do not travel until you recover fully. Don’t forget, it’s important that you consult a doctor as soon as possible.