Last Updated: 26 Nov 2022 9:29am

Current risk level

The current COVID-19 risk in Tasmania is MODERATE.

This means COVID-19 is circulating widely in our community and we need to do more than our everyday COVID-safe behaviours to manage the risk, including wearing face masks in some circumstances.

When the level is at Moderate Public Health recommends that:


  • Wear a facemask on Public Transport and in indoor crowded spaces

Using public transport safely

  • everyone wears a face mask in crowded indoor spaces, on Public Transport, and when visiting people who may be at risk of severe illness.
  • passengers are encouraged to maintain 1.5m physical distancing and choose a seat away from others where possible.
  • anyone feeling unwell should avoid using public transport and should remain at home
  • for short trips, consider walking or cycling.
  • travel outside peak periods where possible.
  • adults seeking to board a service that has a high number of passengers are asked to consider waiting for the next service where available. This does not apply to children.
  • practice good hand hygiene. If possible, use hand sanitiser before you board and after you disembark.
  • spread out on board as much as you can.
  • avoid touching surfaces whenever you can.
  • please comply with any requests from staff.

Cashless ticketing options

Regular bus passengers are urged to make sure they have, and top-up, a smartcard where available to help reduce person-to-person contact when handling cash.

Contact your bus operator to enquire about cashless ticketing options such as smartcards. Using a smartcard will also save you 20 per cent on regular fares.

Where only cash tickets are available, passengers are asked to purchase 10-ride tickets to reduce the number of transactions.

Drivers will accept cash fares,  you are encouraged to have the correct fare ready when boarding.

Read details of fares on the Transport Tasmania website.

School bus arrangements

Advice on school bus cleaning has been circulated to all contracted school bus operators with new requirements for more regular cleaning of bus interiors.

Students should not use public transport if they are unwell and should remain at home.

To support physical distancing, students should consider the following:

  • if undertaking short trips, consider walking or cycling.
  • try to maintain 1.5m physical distancing from other passengers and .
  • choose a seat away from others where possible.

Always comply with requests from the driver.