Phase 4 has begun and “Phase 4 presents the greatest risk because the amount of variation of facilities that are on the slate to reopen in Phase 4 is more than variable than in Phase 1 through 3,” – Dr Michael Mendoza. Phase 4 allows businesses to reopen in the industries of art, recreation, education and entertainment. Museums and aquariums are also opening with proper safety protocols in place. Malls are reopening too with the exception of a few inside mall stores. Gyms, casinos, movie theaters, and amusement parks are to remain closed. Indoor restaurants in all regions have opened with safety precautions, as well as nail salons, tattoo parlors and spas. Outdoor seating is allowed with outdoor tables spaced six feet apart with the requirement that all the staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
In a post lock down world, we could see somethings that will need to be addressed immediately which are, of course, social distancing. As many commuters in cities know, this is an extremely tough task to overcome, with many networks crowded with people during the rush hour. Public transport will recover slowly and to ensure the most appropriate return to normalcy, public transport associations will need to arrange the physical and digital spaces at platforms and seating and standing in rail cars and buses to enable social distancing as said by Shepard. This will give passengers the assurance that their public health is being protected, and enable networks to increase their services and usage. Although, there will still be major issues with managing the sheer number of commuters in condensed rush hours. To overcome this, there will have to be some changes to the usual nine-to-five lifestyle, in order to avoid a spike in riders at certain points in the day. One way to overcome this is for businesses to spread out their employees’ work hours, making sure that there is a more relaxed number of people travelling at the same time of day. By creating more flexible work schedules, along with a more virtual presence through the likes of Zoom and Microsoft Teams, companies can have a direct impact on peak congestion and footfall in cities.
Another way to evade overcrowding can be through active travel, which seeks to promote healthy journeys that demand some form of physical exertion on behalf of the individual potentially offering alternatives to the private car or public transport for short journeys. With more time available, less traffic on the roads, and under strict instructions to remain within their immediate area, people responded by walking and cycling in their neighborhood. However, active travel is only an option for those who are able to self mobilize and (in the case of cycling) those who are able and can purchase, maintain and securely store a bicycle. Moreover, even when dedicated bike lanes, workplace showers and storage areas are provided, cycling is not accessible to all and inclement weather and cultural and social barriers continue to limit the number of women and ethnic minority cyclists. Those who are unable or unwilling to walk or cycle and for those without access to a private car are a huge part of the society too.
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