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Using public transport during COVID-19

It’s important to be aware of how to use public transport safely to help stop the spread of COVID-19


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As restrictions in Ireland around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to ease, more people will be using public transport on a daily basis. Since the start of Phase 3 (from June 29th), most public transport timetables have returned to normal. However, due to social distancing measures (staying 2 metres apart), all types of transport have less space for passengers. As a result, the government has asked us to only use public transport when necessary.

Using public transport

There are a number of things to keep in mind when using any kind of public transport to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Wear a face mask

The Government has made it mandatory to wear a face mask when using public transport. This means you have to wear a mask to travel on any form of public transport in Ireland. Wearing a face mask can stop someone who doesn’t know they have the virus from spreading it to other people. From July 13th, if you do not wear a mask or refuse to put one on when asked you could get a fine of €2,500 or a jail sentence of 6 months.

Bring hand sanitiser

When getting public transport it’s a good idea to bring some hand sanitiser with you if you can. You can use this before and after using public transport, especially if you have touched any buttons or handles while travelling which other passengers may have been in contact with.

Limit your public transport use where possible

Due to the reduced space on board, it is best to avoid using public transport as much as possible and to walk or cycle instead if you can. If this is not possible, you can also try to travel at ‘off-peak’ times where there may not be as many people on board. Peak times on public transport are generally early morning and evening when most people are travelling to and from work.

Continue to follow guidelines

It’s really important to continue to follow the guidelines which have been in place since the pandemic began, especially on public transport and when indoors with other people. These include coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, washing your hands properly and often, not touching your face or eyes if you have not washed or sanitised your hands. Transport for Ireland has also asked that people use a Leap Card where possible to avoid customers handling cash when taking the bus. Many transport providers such as Dublin Bus also have signs on their seats showing where people are asked to sit to ensure they are socially distant from other passengers.

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Published July 14th2020
Last updated Octo­ber 22nd2020
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