New intercity bus restrictions

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Additional measures will be implemented on March 27 for regional bus routes to increase space between passengers and help observe social distancing, according to the Road Transport Administration (ATD) on March 26.

Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits gave the order on March 26. Other measures include restricting passengers to every other seat, and having them sit in scattered locations to minimize distance from all sides. Minibus passengers won’t be able to use standing areas. No seats behind the driver will be used.

Considering that this will halve the number of available seats, the ATD urges everyone not using transport for work purposes to reevaluate their need to travel. Priority will be given to those going to work, then those heading home – especially if they work in medicine, law enforcement or commerce.

When possible, purchase your ticket using a card instead of cash, preferably online or at the bus station. The number of buses on each route will continue to be evaluated, and if more are necessary additional buses will be added to that route.

As  previously reported  , society needs to change habits to protect ourselves and the people with which we come into contact. We must take special precautions concerning the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. Only our actions can change the impact of the pandemic.

Keep observing social distancing, avoid crowded shops, wash your hands and don’t touch your face with dirty hands. If you have a temperature, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, please observe self-isolation. Latvia currently has fewer cases of infection than neighboring countries because we’re still in the beginning stage of the pandemic.   

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