Baybus users are being warned that short notice cancellations are anticipated as Omicron spreads and bus drivers begin to potentially report in sick.
While services are currently operating as normal, Bay of Plenty Regional Council say it is likely that Baybus services will move to an emergency timetable over the coming weeks, as drivers and staff could become unwell and are required to self-isolate.
Services used by school children will be prioritised and frequencies will be reduced outside of these peak times.
Transport operations team lead Jen Proctor says maintaining accessibility around the region to essential services, while keeping our communities safe, is a top priority.
“We will be doing our best to help communities access essential services and give as much notice as possible around details of altered timetables before they start,” says Jen.
“Please check before you ride the bus, as service cancellations and timetable changes may impact your travel. Thank you in advance for being patient and kind as we move through this next phase of Covid-19 together.”
Public transport is an essential service and contactless payment using a Bee Card is encouraged, as is topping up online. Cash is still accepted.
QR code scanning and wearing face masks is mandatory.
To check your services before you travel, visit: www.baybus.co.nz, call: 0800 2 229 287 or check out the Transit app.