Local News: SLTB, private buses, and trains were allowed to carry passengers to the amount of seats available in districts where the curfew was lifted from tomorrow.
This decision was taken during a meeting tomorrow between Passenger Transport Management Minster Mahinda Amaraweera and officials of the Ministry and other relevant stakeholders in the transport sector.
Attention has been given to organized train and bus services for the benefit of state and public sector workers organizations and factories operating on a regular basis in areas where curfew is lifted by strict adherence to the health and safety regulations imposed by the health authorities.
Minister Amaraweera has therefore urged all private bus associations to take steps from tomorrow to reboot bus service in curfew lifted areas.
Although permission has been given to carry passengers to the number of seats available in buses and trains in all other districts except in the districts of Colombo and Gampaha, priority will be given to traveling staff of state and public sector organizations and factories.
It is highly anticipated that the health and safety regulations such as wearing masks, using sanitizers and getting off the back doors on the buses and getting down from front doors will be followed. Hand-washing facilities are at every bus stop.
Meanwhile, people have advised not to use public transport unless their travel is necessary to prevent COVID -19 from spreading, “the Minister said.
The minister further said ticket counters will be opened in railway stations and train tickets will be released from tomorrow as well as train season tickets.
However, when buying tickets it is mandatory to apply the respective office IDs to the ticket counters.