Australian authorities on Monday urged residents of the country’s most populous city of Sydney to use alternatives to public transport as activities begin to normalize after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the state of New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, the capacity of public transport has been reduced by 75 percent due to the physical distance restrictions that have been imposed by the pandemic.
Police monitor compliance with restrictions that limit the number of passengers to 12 on buses, 32 on a train car and 245 on a ferry.
“Given the restrictions on rush hour and the fact that we are exercising physical distance, I want people to consider other ways to get to work,” New South Wales head of government Gladys Berijiklian said today, stressing that the authorities want to avoid contagion on public transport.
Officials are exploring the possibility of creating temporary parking lots for vehicles in the city center and other places where workers are concentrated, as well as the provision of ten kilometers of bicycle lanes around the city.
The public transport network in New South Wales typically displaces 2.2 million people daily, but capacity has been reduced to around half a million people.
This Australian state records almost half of the coronavirus cases of the more than 7,000 that have been confirmed across Australia, and 48 of the 99 deaths from COVID-19.
Australia has progressively begun a three-phase plan, the speed of implementation of which depends on each state and territory of the country, with a view to normalizing all economic activities by July.