Lahore: The Metro Bus services in Lahore and the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been resumed, according to a news report on August 12. These services had been put on a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic for over four months, and have now been reopened with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed — which are to be adhered to by both staff and customers.
According to the SOPs, every individual will have to wear a face mask (with no exceptions) throughout the commute. In addition, passengers will have to leave the middle seats empty, in order to follow acceptable social distancing protocols. Moreover, only 38 passengers will be allowed in one bus at the same time, which is why the Punjab Mass-Transit Authority (PMA) has been issuing a limited number of tickets recently.
The service began its operations in Lahore in 2013, and has been transporting people to various spots in the city between Gajjumata and Shahdara. On the other hand, the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus service was announced in 2015, and shuttles people to and from the twin cities.