Gathering limits do not apply to:
- Public transport
- Commercial passenger transport (eg 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.
Read more on the Department of State Growth website about how to travel safe together.
Check in on transport services
If you are aged 16 years and older you need to check in once you board a bus or ferry, or enter an enclosed ferry terminal such as the Brooke Street Pier.
If you do not have a smartphone, and you are not travelling with someone who can check you in as a guest, then you are not required to provide your contact details on a bus or ferry. Make a personal note of your journey instead. In the interest of making sure the bus (or ferry) continues to run smoothly, an alternative check in method (such as manually on paper), is not required.
At an enclosed ferry terminal, an alternative method of check in will be provided i.e. a pen and paper.
The requirement to use the Check in TAS app does not apply to dedicated school bus services or school students on public transport on a school day. This means that school students who are 16 years or older are not required to check in on a bus or ferry that they catch to go to or from their school.
If you are catching a vehicular ferry and remain in your vehicle for the entire journey, you do not need to check in. If you leave your vehicle at any stage during the crossing (e.g. to use toilets on board or walk on the deck), you must check in.
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.