27 March 2003
Pooling efforts in combating the spread of atypical pneumonia
 
All major transport operators in Hong Kong are pooling in their efforts in combating the spread of Severe Respiratory Syndrome by distributing free masks to passengers with symptoms of respiratory tract infection.
The Mass Transit Railway Corporation Ltd, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, The Kowloon Motor Bus Co (1933) Ltd, Citybus Ltd and New World First Bus Services Ltd (NWFB) have joined hands in the campaign.
The KCRC has secured further supplies of face masks and will provide its stock in hand at cost to other transport operators if they cannot find supplies quickly.
The masks will be available for distribution each day at the following outlets on a first-come-first-served basis.
KCRC

All stations

MTRC

All stations

Citybus

Bus terminus at Cityone Shatin; Maywood Court; Locwood Court, Lung Mun Oasis; Airport Ground Transportation Centre; Exchange Square; Island Resort; Lei Tung Estate; Apleichau Estate; Wah Fu North; Kennedy Town

KMB

Bus Terminus in Shatin, Lam Tin, Tuen Mun Town Centre; Mei Foo; Tsuen Wan and Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry

New World First Bus

Customer Service Centre at Admiralty East Bus Terminus

The transport operators have made arrangements to obtain more supplies.
A spokesman for the operators stressed that people with no symptoms of the illness should not ask for these masks because this may deprive someone else with real need of the chance to get one.
The transport operators have agreed to make public announcements and put up notices to remind people of the symptoms of the disease at stations; buses through the Roadshow system and in major KMB termini on LED display panels; and LED display system inside the bus compartment of NWFB’s fleet.