El Chepe train to resume travel on July 17 after stopping due to coronavirus

Starting July 17, the Chepe tourist train will resume operations with a restricted occupation of 50 percent of the train's capacity, with prevention measures and healthy distance established by the federal government in the face of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic.

Chepe train to resume travel on July 17 after coronavirus stop. Photo: Agencies
Chepe train to resume travel on July 17 after coronavirus stop. Photo: Agencies

The railway company announced that it ceased service on March 21 and in these almost four months, both operational and administrative staff have been trained and prepared to better serve passengers in the face of the new normality.

The company took advantage of the break to give general maintenance to the train, as well as to incorporate a car specially adapted for people with disabilities and a new dining room for tourist class.

Health and safety measures

The subsidiary of Grupo Mexico Transportes reported that it has worked on a robust health and safety protocol, based on guidelines issued by the federal government, as well as the governments of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.

Among the daily protocols to ensure passenger safety, personal protective equipment will be provided for all personnel on board (face shield, mouth cover, and gloves); the train will be thoroughly disinfected daily.

During the trip, the staff will constantly clean common areas (handrails, decks, seats, etc.). Before boarding the train, passengers will undergo a health check where their temperature will be taken. On the other hand, the health of the staff is monitored daily by doctors.

The boarding will be carried out respecting the healthy distance and watching the use of masks (same that must be used during the trip). The personnel on board will indicate their places that will have been previously assigned to respect the required distance.