By Juliano Oliveira
Outsourced companies responsible for the cleaning of public transport vehicles in South East Queensland have been requested to increase their cleaning regimes to including daily sanitising.
Translink has informed that “Queensland Rail trains, G:link trams and Transport for Brisbane buses will have these regimes in place from this week and we are working with other delivery partners to implement this across the TransLink network.”
The action is part of a set of measures taken by Queensland Government to further minimise the risk of coronavirus.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has instructed TransLink to work with operators and sanitise buses, trains, trams and ferries more frequently.
“Public transport is an essential service and it’s critical we ensure people continue to have confidence when travelling on buses, trains, trams and ferries,” Mr Bailey said.
“We’re also encouraging operators and their staff to continue taking practical health and safety measures such as using hand sanitiser and gloves when handling cash.”
On the Gold Coast, trams have already moved to daily sanitised cleans.
Mr Bailey said the cost of increased cleaning would be met by the Palaszczuk Government.
“As of right now, all public transport will continue to operate normally, however our business continuity planning includes reducing services if required in response to advice from health experts and authorities.
Mr Bailey urged commuters to continue practicing proper personal hygiene as advised by Queensland Health when catching public transport.
“Experts advise that catching public transport is safe if we all follow some simple steps,” he said.
“Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly, avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and stay at home if you are unwell.”
To protect yourself and others, Queensland Health’s advice regarding good hand and respiratory hygiene, include:
- staying home if you are unwell
- cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.