Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure, Thorough Action
During the early dawn of March 20th, in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Railway carried out a large-scale disinfection on all its 20 trains, excluding those currently under inspection, and the station premises. Upon the confirmation of Fukui Prefecture’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, Fukui Railway employees thoroughly sanitized various parts of the trains, including the floors of the passageway and hand straps.
As a countermeasure against COVID-19, Fukui Railways has been scrubbing down its operating trains since the beginning of March; but with the predicted increase in passengers, with the eventual reopening of schools as one of the factors, the disinfection of train interiors and station premises altogether has been directed as a full-scale measure.
During the night, approximately 20 railway employees were working hard on the trains stationed in Echizen City’s Echizen-Takefu Station and Fukui City’s Tawaramachi Station.
At Echizen-Takefu Station, disinfection began from midnight, after the train service had ended for the day. While wearing protective gear, such as goggles and rubber gloves, employees used towels, soaked with disinfectant, to wipe down the train interiors, including the fare boxes, hand straps, handrails, windows, and the automated ticket machines on the station premises. The passageway floors were sprayed with disinfectant.
Things within the station premises, including the pillars and glass panes in the waiting rooms, were also disinfected.
“Through our commitment to high grade prevention measures, we hope to create a safe and secure environment for passengers,” says Sachio Sawazaki, company director of Fukui Railway.