From Friday, 21 January, city operators have been able to introduce buffer zones on buses and trams. The buffers will also mean that it will not be possible to buy a ticket from the drivers. This is to minimise the risk of infection and prevent staff shortages. Even now there are cases of coronavirus in companies and the statistics are not optimistic.
Individual operators are free to decide whether they see a need for separate zones. However, passengers can expect that from next Friday they will not be able to enter the vehicle through the first door and will not be able to buy a ticket on the first sections of buses and trams. The marking of the off-limits areas will take several days.
“Even now there are cancelled departures and restrictions on individual lines due to staff shortages, including through quarantine and isolation,” says Hanna Pieczyńska, the ZDiTM spokesperson. “Therefore, together we have taken measures to protect the drivers, so that the pandemic does not paralyse public transport. Since the beginning of a difficult time for everyone, tram drivers and motorists have carried out their duties despite concerns for their own health. Now that cases are on the rise, we are looking for measures to maximise protection.”
At the same time, we would like to remind passengers that they should cover their mouth and nose in buses and trams. This is to minimise the risk of infection among passengers, because it is difficult to keep a safe distance in public transport. It is also advisable to wash or disinfect your hands after leaving the vehicle.