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Covid-19 abd safety in bus during trips

Do you really know how to protect yourself when you go on a bus trip? BCS can explain the current scenario for you and give some interesting tips!

 

We all know by now that, in order to keep moving towards normal life once again, we have to keep paying attention to safety measures here and there. When it comes to bus passengers, the current regulations are centered around what is known as the “3G rule”: all passengers must be vaccinated, fully recovered, or present a negative antigen or PCR test taken up to 48 hours prior to their trip.

Besides all that, it goes without saying that face masks are still mandatory. Passengers are required to wear a FFP2, KN95, or N95-standard mask for the entire duration of their transportation service.

Why bus trips can be risky?

In short, using them implies you are going to spend some hours in a small, enclosed space whose ventilation will always be worse than if you were outside. That is a sure way to increase the chances of having the coronavirus transmitted by aerosols. The best resource we have to mitigate that is the abundant and continuous supply of fresh air in the cabin, that is, an appropriate ventilation system.

The diagram below is a reflection of recent studies. It indicates that air exchange occurs much more quickly in a bus than in a train or airplane. In other words, the air inside the cabin is renovated more times within a given period instead of simply recirculated. Considering the topic of this text, using a bus turns out to be more beneficial to your health than those two other means of transportation.

How are bus cabins ventilated?

The diagram below illustrates how air flows through the cabin. It is supplied from the upper part of the room through vents and continuously extracted from the lower portion, where the baggage is stored, while the bus is moving. A double-decker bus executes a complete air exchange within the cabin every one to three minutes. That means an estimated circulation of 13,000 m³ of air per hour.

Our buses also use highly efficient filters in all air intakes in order to provide you with an additional layer of protection. Air is forced through them to retain particles as small as 0.5 micrometers. Those might be simply dust or droplets which typically transport viruses. BCS Travel makes sure to replace all the filters used in each bus at a minimum frequency of six months to ensure their effectiveness.

While we expect this article to inform you and make you feel more comfortable about traveling, we are happy to assist you further if you need. Feel free to contact us by telephone on +31202416995 or to send us a message at booking@bcs-bus.com with additional questions or a request for additional details on the health protocol we have applied to our buses. We will be pleased to reply!

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