China strengthens epidemic preparedness to ensure safe travel in annual festival
12/31/2020|11:53:28 AM|Xinhua

China will step up epidemic prevention and control during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush and strengthen emergency response, in an effort to ensure safe travel of the public, the State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.

Transport capacity should be properly dispatched, in support of local guidelines on non-essential travel restrictions, staggered holiday schedules and school reopening, as well as daily caps on scenic spot reservation. Staggered travel should be encouraged and guided.

Coverage of rural bus services will be extended. Two-way chartered coach services for migrant workers' trips between cities and hometowns will be provided when needed.

"It is necessary to 'cut travel peaks' to the extent possible and avoid mass gathering through such means as ticket booking and more transportation options. Emergency response plans on all fronts should be refined," Premier Li Keqiang said.

"Contactless" ticket sales and security check measures such as electronic tickets and identification card swiping verification should be promoted. Convenient services should be provided to senior citizens in case smart technology is inaccessible.

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