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Public transport

Public transport, including buses, taxis and rideshare services, continues to operate in the Northern Territory (NT).

To minimise the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus (COVID-19), passengers must practice good hygiene and physical distancing where possible.

This includes sitting in the back seat of vehicles when using ridesharing or taxi services.

Payment commenced again from 1 July 2020.

Public transport is essential at this stage but will be reviewed regularly. Non-essential travel is to be avoided.

Advice to drivers of public transport

  • Drivers of point to point vehicles should carry out good hygiene practices to protect themselves and passengers from the spread of illness.
  • You do not need to wear a mask if you are healthy.
  • Employ appropriate cleaning practices at the end of each ride, shift or day (for buses). Wipe down internal and external surfaces (that have been touched) with disinfectant/ cleaning products.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser between hand washes and after opening and closing doors, moving luggage and exchanging payment.
  • In the event of a passenger spreading droplets (such as sneezing, coughing or vomiting), clean surfaces with appropriate disinfectant wipes so that the potential spread of infection can be minimised.
  • Taxi and rideshare services are advised to request passengers to sit in the back seats of vehicles where possible.
  • Drivers should avoid direct contact with passengers where possible. Don’t shake hands, avoid handling cash and
  • Practise good personal hand hygiene and cough/sneeze hygiene:
    • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet and
    • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.