Auckland Transport increases hygiene measures on public transport network.
Kia ora koutou,
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, we understand this can be a confusing time for Aucklanders and misinformation can quickly spread.
At this stage, no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 have been linked to the use of public transport and the Ministry of Health has made it clear that there are no issues with people using buses, trains and ferries.
Statement from Auckland Mayor Phil Goff
"Auckland Council and its agencies, including Auckland Transport, continue to take advice from the government and the Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19 safety precautions.
The latest advice from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport is that there is no reason at this stage to stop using public transport.
Auckland Transport is well-prepared for a possible escalation of its COVID-19 response and has taken steps including installing new public hand sanitiser stations and has increased the cleaning of vehicles and facilities.
People should continue to follow all guidelines issued by the government. In particular, wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes and for the time being avoid normal greetings such as shaking hands.
Following these precautions is the most effective way to minimise the risk of potential community spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself and others safe."
Statement from Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison
"At Auckland Transport, we have been taking proactive steps to ensure we are ready for a possible escalation of COVID-19 in Auckland. Read about these steps on our COVID-19 page on our website which we will continue to update with the latest information and follow @akltransport on Twitter for the latest updates.
While many Aucklanders are working from home during this time of uncertainty, those continuing to use public transport should use good hygiene practices. If you feel sick, stay at home and avoid travelling.
Read the tips from the Ministry of Health for keeping yourself, and our community, safe while travelling on the network. Always plan your journey before you travel. Use our Journey Planner or visit our Service Announcements page for the latest changes.
The Ministry of Health is the lead agency in New Zealand’s monitoring and planning for the potential spread of COVID-19, with Auckland Council taking the lead in this region. Auckland Transport is continuing to prepare for potential impacts that the coronavirus may have on Auckland’s transport network.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty."
Chief Executive, Auckland Transport