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Nation ready for festive travel rush

Pub Date:2020-12-31 08:39 Source:China Daily

Meeting vows to step up epidemic prevention ahead of Spring Festival

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 for the public, the State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.

"China takes seriously uncertainties in the epidemic situation in winter," Li said. "Spring Festival is a traditional holiday of the Chinese nation, and people strongly wish to travel. Effective preparedness and response should be ensured during the Spring Festival travel season, and guidance provided for staggered travel in an orderly and safe manner."

Attendees at the meeting agreed that as Spring Festival approaches, in light of the potentially greater risks in the epidemic situation due to the large-scale movement of people, it is important to ensure effective work in staggered transport arrangements and epidemic preparedness and response.

Transport capacity should be properly arranged to comply with local guidelines on nonessential travel restrictions, staggered holiday schedules and school reopening, as well as daily caps on scenic spot reservations. 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 their hometowns will be provided when needed.

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

Epidemic prevention and control standards for the Spring Festival travel season should be rigorously implemented. Transportation-related preparedness and response plans should be formulated, and requirements regarding passenger and cargo transportation specified.

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.

"The State Council's interagency task force should set up a special working team to facilitate competent departments to fulfill their responsibilities and oversee effective coordination. There should be better coordination among highway, waterway, railway and aviation services to ensure safe and smooth travel," Li said.


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