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 buses 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, practice social distancing.
Adults seeking to board a bus which 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 and after catching the bus.
Spread out on board as much as you can. Members of the same household and family groups can sit together.
Avoid touching surfaces inside the bus whenever you can.
Please comply with any requests from your bus driver.
Metro Tasmania has implemented an enhanced cleaning regime of its bus fleet by its contractor, with particular attention being paid to frequently touched surfaces. More information is available on the Metro Tasmania website.
For more information on catching buses safely go to Travel safe together.
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.
Passengers should contact their 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 passengers are encouraged to have the correct fare ready when boarding.
School bus arrangements
School bus services to Government, Catholic and Independent schools are operating as normal.
Advice on school bus cleaning has been circulated to all contracted school bus operators in the state 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.
- Not occupying the first row of seats nearest to the driver.