Cuba Suspends Urban and Rural Public Transport starting Saturday

Cuban president Miguel Diaz Canel (2nd from the left) headed the daily briefing of top authorities on Covid-19.  Photo: Estudios Revolución

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba in grinding to a halt like many other countries. As of Saturday April 11, both urban and rural public transport will be suspended, to try and curb the expansion of the coronavirus on the island, announced Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodríguez on Thursday, reported Europa Press.

The exception to the prohibition is the worker transportation for those who provide “vital” services and emergencies, such as the transfer of people to health facilities. On those vehicles social distancing is an obligation.

The licenses of private taxis have also been suspended, forcing them to stay home but freeing them from paying taxes. Likewise, the circulation of passengers in cargo transportation, common on rural highways, is now prohibited.


With less stores selling basic food and hygiene products outside the limited quantities at ration stores it remains to be seen what the situation of long lines will be at those that still do when available.

On the other hand, the Minister of Internal Commerce of Cuba, Betsy Diaz, reported that large shopping centers will be closed as of Friday. However, she said some government stores will begin to sell products with online sales, something the vast majority of Cubans have no access to.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel said the decisions that are being taken in the country are not intended to “bother anyone”, but are carried out “to save lives.” “Although it hurts, we have to make sacrifices; being at home, not visiting family or friends,” he said during the coronavirus situation update meeting.

Díaz-Canel has warned that Covid-19 cases in Cuba “are increasing and will continue to do so.” “The success we have in detection and reduction depends a lot on how the prevention measures are carried out,” he added.

“The pandemic has still not manifested itself in its greatest magnitude. This can’t be solved only with repression, with measures, with fines. It is solved with understanding and with a responsible and civilized way of acting,” he added.

The Cuban authorities informed on Thursday a total of 515 confirmed cases of coronavirus – 58 new ones in the preceding 24-hours – and 15 deaths. Also, they said 28 people have recovered from the disease.

8 thoughts on “Cuba Suspends Urban and Rural Public Transport starting Saturday

  • Resources are scarce in Cuba. You have to make do with what you got. ” Necessity is The Mother of Invention.” We in the developed nations have not even had a taste of dire scarcity, since The Thirties lest a Depression hit us or is manufactured by the controllers of this world’s economic future.
    The manufacturing of a world depression by ‘ the controllers of the World ‘s Economy I believe have already started. Gee ! I could make that observation into a movie and make a million dollars or more.

  • My family members in Guantanamo are very worried for what will happen in the weeks to come. Many stores were already closed PRIOR to the outbreak due to shortages. Although G’mo has not yet suffered much from the virus, as a community they are so woefully unprepared for any sort of setback that if the situation worsens, the impact will be magnified. The good news? Transportation in and out of the area is so bad due to a lack of fuel and vehicles that the risk of the outsiders bringing more infections to the area is low.

  • I read a few months ago that the new Havana-Santiago trains were running only every four days. How often are they running now?

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