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Advice relating to novel coronavirus *Updated 1 April*

This article has been updated on 1 April to include the latest information regarding Transport Canberra & CMET’s response to COVID-19 and a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest information about novel coronavirus by visiting the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.

We recognise there is community concern about novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our priority is the safety of our passengers and staff and continuing to provide the services which the community rely on each day. For a list of FAQ please visit the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.

We have introduced additional cleaning measures onboard our light rail vehicles providing an additional 150 cleaning hours across light rail each week.

 

Previous Updates:

  • Minister Chris Steel made some important announcements about COVID-19 and public transport on 24 March:

“We are now issuing new advice to public transport users to further reduce the number of people using public transport.

While bus and light rail services are continuing we are urging the community to only use them if absolutely necessary.

          Public transport services are essential for many in our community to get to the shops, to appointments or to work in essential services themselves.

         What we’re asking other Canberrans to do is carefully consider their need for non-essential travel on public transport, to minimise unnecessary contact with other           people.

Canberrans should not use public transport if they feel unwell. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have no other means of transport to get to a centre for testing, please contact           Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 to arrange alternative travel.”

 

  • To minimise contact on LRVs, doors are now opening automatically at all stops. This will apply to all services. Customers may notice that temperatures on board the LRVs may vary more than usual with the doors opening at every stop. We apologise for any discomfort this may cause customers.

 

  • Transport Canberra has ramped up its on-vehicle and interchange cleaning regime, with a program of twice daily bus and light rail cleaning, and daily cleaning of stations, as the ACT Government responds to COVID-19.

 

  • We have been advised by ACT Health that you should take the following means to protect yourself from viruses:
    • wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitiser for 20 to 30 seconds
    • cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • stay home if you are feeling unwell.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest information about novel coronavirus by visiting the ACT Health website.

You can also access useful information here:

  • ACT Health: Prevent the Spread of Germs poster
  • ACT Health: Practice Good Hand Hygiene poster