Given the advance of the coronavirus in Argentina, and with the aim of reduce the circulation of citizens on the streets of the entire country, the Minister of Transport of the Nation, Mario Meoni, announced that the long-distance trains and buses, in addition to domestic flights, will be suspended from Friday, March 20 to Wednesday, March 25.
This measure seeks to discourage local tourism in advance of the long weekend. “Many Argentines have not been aware of the seriousness of the case“Meoni said at a press conference.
The official reported, in turn, that Starting Thursday, March 19, those who take public transportation in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) will do so sitting down. and insisted that its portfolio will carry out controls to verify that these regulations are complied with.
Roberto Fernández, secretary general of the Automotive Tramways Union (UTA), said the union “agrees” with the measures and will abide by them. This represents that around 4500 buses do not operate.
“The sector does things as it has to do and this decision of seated passengers makes us happy, because sometimes some passengers are renegades“he added.
Meoni’s most outstanding phrases
-Until Thursday 19 at 24 hours, long-distance trains and buses and cabotage planes will normally circulate. From that moment the operation is totally suspended until Wednesday, March 25.
-We want to discourage the long weekend trip. Many Argentines have not yet become aware of the seriousness of the case. This is to control the spread of the pandemic.
-We are not in a situation to be doing tourism.
-As of Thursday, buses and trains in the Metropolitan Area will only be able to transport seated passengers. They will not be able to take anyone who is standing.