Face masks strongly recommended on public transport

NSW is now on ‘high alert’ as a result of the recent increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. It’s essential that we all take the risks of the virus spreading very seriously and take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Following NSW Health advice, wearing a face mask while using public transport is strongly recommended, as well as in other situations where it is difficult to maintain physical distance such as:

  • If you are in an enclosed place and cannot guarantee physical distancing such as buying groceries, or for customer-facing staff, such as those in hospitality or retail
  • If you are in an area where there is high community transmission
  • If you are attending a place of worship including a church, synagogue, temple or mosque

If physical distancing is difficult to maintain, wearing a face mask can provide some protection so long as people continue to abide by other measures and use the masks according to health advice.

The most important things for you to know and follow are:

  • Do not use public transport if you are unwell and if you have the slightest symptoms, get tested
  • Practise physical distancing at all times
  • Practise good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly
  • A face mask is recommended if you are on public transport or any place where physical distancing is not possible.

Transport is a key part of NSW’s plan for a COVID Safe economy, helping people safely move around, return to jobs, and providing certainty for businesses so they can plan ahead for their workforces.

Newcastle Transport has precautionary measures in place to keep public transport in Newcastle running safely.