Intersection 11

Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

The Ministry of Health has reviewed their guidelines for physical distancing on public transport to determine if they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below).

The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking their movements mean physical distancing requirements can now be relaxed.

With the use of face coverings, the updated advice is that physical distancing should be maintained where possible, however it is not required on either domestic flights or on public transport such as trains, buses and ferries.

Reports are that passengers on public transport are taking the use of face coverings seriously and regularly scanning QR codes on all forms of transport. This along with electronic ticketing on airlines means the Ministry can contract trace rapidly if required.

The advisory by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport for recommended seating configurations on public transport that promoted physical distancing have now been revoked, effective immediately.

People should continue to observe physical distancing where possible.

Read the full media release on the Ministry of Health's website.