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.