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Auckland Transport

Face coverings encouraged on public transport

Auckland Transport (AT) is encouraging people using buses, trains and ferries to continue wearing face coverings when the city moves back to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm Wednesday night.

AT chief executive Shane Ellison says, almost without exception, our passengers have worn coverings over the past few months. “While face coverings are no longer mandatory, the Government still encourages their use while on public transport and when people are unable to maintain physical distance from people they don’t know.

“We are also strongly encouraging our drivers to continue to wear a facemask.

“We want all Aucklanders to feel safe on our buses, trains and ferries and face coverings can help people feel confident about going out and about.”

AT is continuing to ensure that all public transport is being cleaned throughout its daily service. Buses and trains are being spot checked, with surfaces being sanitised, and we have enhanced our cleaning regime to include antimicrobial protection fogging (spraying) of facilities and our fleet.

If someone is feeling sick, they should stay home. They should not go to work or school and do not socialise if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

The Government continues to ask everyone to keep track of where they have been and who they have seen to assist with quick contact tracing should new cases appear.

QR codes will still be displayed on public transport and AT recommends scanning these codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app.

In addition to scanning the Ministry of Health’s QR code, AT recommends that customers also register their AT HOP card to help with contact tracing. This will also allow us to monitor passenger numbers and make fast adjustments to services if required due to changes in demand. We will be working to make those changes as quickly as possible and again advise customers to plan their journey.

The Government is also asking everyone to continue with public health measures that were encouraged under all Alert Levels such as washing your hands frequently, coughing into your elbow and avoiding touching your face as much as possible.

Shane Ellison wearing a mask
AT chief executive Shane Ellison wearing a facemask