1. Transport
May 1, 2020

What we're reading: Social distancing on the Underground

By City Monitor Staff

At capacity: A report by the London Strategic Coordination Group says social distancing guidelines would reduce the Tube’s capacity to 15% of normal levels, and reduce buses to 12%, the BBC reports. The briefing also says such distancing rules would rapidly overwhelm the Tube and any authorities brought in to enforce compliance.

Up in the air: There has been a major drop in air travel, but crowded passenger jets are still taking flight. The US Transportation Security Administration is still screening about 100,000 passengers daily, and Vox reports that passengers are still boarding full planes, many without masks.

Encouraging signs: Denmark and the Czech Republic say they have not seen a surge in new coronavirus cases after easing up on lockdown orders, The Guardian reports. Germany announced it will take its own small steps to reopen some public spaces in the coming days.

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