Covid-19 masks; local public transport users urged to do their bit

Northlanders are being asked to do their bit to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 and follow new central government rules making it compulsory to wear masks on the region’s public transport from Monday, August 31.

John Bain, who chairs the Northland Regional Transport Committee, says face coverings – which can include a mask, scarf or similar – will be mandatory on public transport from 31 August for regions in Alert Level 2 or higher. Children under 12 are exempt and not required to wear masks.

Councillor Bain says while many of those using the public transport network in Northland would be Whangarei residents using the CityLink bus service, the rules applied to other public transport too.

“In Northland these include Mid North Link, Hokianga Link, Far North Link and Bream Bay Link. For Total Mobility vehicles (which include taxi companies, Driving Miss Daisy and smaller vans) face coverings don’t need to be worn by passengers under the new rules, but their drivers must. There are also exemptions for people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes covering their face inappropriate.”

Northlanders are being asked to do their bit to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 and follow new central government rules making it compulsory to wear masks on the region’s public transport from Monday, August 31.

John Bain, who chairs the Northland Regional Transport Committee, says face coverings – which can include a mask, scarf or similar – will be mandatory on public transport from 31 August for regions in Alert Level 2 or higher. Children under 12 are exempt and not required to wear masks.

Councillor Bain says while many of those using the public transport network in Northland would be Whangarei residents using the CityLink bus service, the rules applied to other public transport too.

“In Northland these include Mid North Link, Hokianga Link, Far North Link and Bream Bay Link. For Total Mobility vehicles (which include taxi companies, Driving Miss Daisy and smaller vans) face coverings don’t need to be worn by passengers under the new rules, but their drivers must. There are also exemptions for people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes covering their face inappropriate.”

 

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Abridged, taken from an article in The Mangawhai Focus , 02 September 2020