- The STM is preparing for deconfinement, announcing Wednesday that it will install hand sanitizer dispensers in the metro network.
- The transit company has also acknowledged the "significant challenges to ensure that physical distancing is adhered to in our networks."
The STM is installing 176 hand sanitizer dispensers at metro entrances in preparation for the eventual deconfinement measures. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers will go up in all 126 STM metro entrance buildings and another 50 access points. The dispensers will be there for at least three months.
The first dispensers will be installed by May 1, with all dispensers installed by mid-May.
According to a press release, "the STM wishes to remind the public that this is an additional preventive measure that does not replace existing public health rules, including physical distancing, coughing into the elbow, and frequent hand washing."
STM teams will clean the dispensers every day and ensure that they are refilled every one to four days.
As the government prepares to reopen schools and some economic activities in the coming months, the STM acknowledges that deconfinement "will inevitably present significant challenges to ensure that physical distancing is adhered to in our networks."
Since the beginning of the outbreak, the STM has put significant measures in place to protect both riders and its employees.
The STM has seen a huge decrease in ridership across its networks since mid-March.
For instance, there was an 80% reduction in the number of metro customers. Bus ridership saw a 75% decrease.
Peak service times were reduced by 20% in March in response to the decrease in ridership.
[#COVID19] 🚇↔️ In the current context, please make sure to keep an optimal physical distance between yourself and o… https://t.co/DhszaGvAU0— STM - Tellement Montréal (@STM - Tellement Montréal)1587495904.0
It's unclear, however, just when more normal activities will return and STM ridership may start to increase.
On April 22, François Legault explained that "the next few days should tell us if we're on the right side of the curve. We will be able to refine our plan to gradually reopen schools and the economy accordingly."
[#COVID19] 🚇🚌 Our Stations, trains, buses & minibuses are cleaned daily. However, our facilities are public and you… https://t.co/W6s3tvBNK0— STM - Tellement Montréal (@STM - Tellement Montréal)1586954857.0
But while the Premier called the situation in the rest of the province "stable," he suggested that the outbreak continues to pose risks in Montreal and Laval, perhaps complicating deconfinement plans.
Ce sont plutôt 224 distributeurs à 176 endroits qui seront installés dans le réseau du métro https://t.co/vY4hLm3m97— STM (@STM)1587586533.0
Stay tuned for more news.