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).
Passengers are encouraged to keep physical distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others where possible.
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.
Contactless bus travel and fare amnesty
To minimise person-to-person contact, public bus services across the state are currently provided free of charge. This includes general access and fare-charging school buses.
A fare amnesty has been put in place until 5 July 2020 (extended from 31 May 2020) to allow all passengers time to adopt alternative payment options where available.
Passengers without a smartcard should apply for one from their bus operator where available during this period and make arrangements to top up the credit on their card by electronic means. Students travelling on fare paying school buses should arrange to purchase 10-trip tickets to minimise the number of transactions where a non-cash option is not available.
Greencards are available for free from 26 March (travel credit must be purchased). Travel will be free from Thursday 26 March until 5 July 2020 to give people time to get a free Greencard and set up an online account to top up credit.
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.
School bus arrangements for Term 2
School bus services to Government, Catholic and Independent schools are operating where the school is open to students. The continued operation of school bus services is being regularly reviewed based on Public Health advice and updates.
The number of students using school buses will continue to increase from 9 June as high schools resume on site learning. The Department of State Growth will monitor school bus demand and consider whether any changes to bus services are needed.
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.
Community transport services such as those provided by many local councils and NGOs to support access to medical care and other essential services can continue. Minimise the number of people in a car or bus to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.