Gathering limits do not apply to:
- Public transport
- Commercial passenger transport (e.g. a shuttle bus as part of a paid tour)
- Private vehicles, aircrafts or boats (recreational flying and boating is permitted)
- Community transport services such as those provided by many local councils and NGOs to support access to medical care and other essential services.
Passengers are encouraged to keep physical distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others where possible.
Using public transport safely
- Anyone feeling unwell should avoid using public transport.
- For short trips, consider walking or cycling.
- Travel outside peak periods where possible.
- While waiting at bus stops or ferry terminals, practice physical distancing.
- 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 request 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. Members of the same household and family groups can sit together.
- 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 but 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.
To support physical distancing, students should consider the following:
- If undertaking short trips, consider walking or cycling.
- When queuing at bus stops, keep a minimum of one metre from other passengers.
- Choose a seat away from others where possible.
- Always comply with requests from the driver.