Users of public transport in New South Wales, Australia, are urged to plan ahead and consider travelling outside peak hours where possible, in an effort to help authorities curb any spread of COVID-19.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance says off-peak travel is one of many actions commuters can take to reduce the possibility of person-to-person virus transmission.

“While staff have boosted maintenance and cleaning efforts on the network in response to COVID-19, customers need to take extra precautions too,” said Constance. “First and foremost we ask you to please stay home and avoid travel altogether if you are unwell. You cannot pass on COVID-19 or any virus, if you are self-isolated at home.

“Sick people in close proximity to others is causing to the global spread of the virus, so travelling outside of crowded peak hours can help reduce the chances of transmission.

Transport for NSW says it is working closely with NSW Health and other Government agencies, as well as external operators statewide to ensure the safety of customers. Cleaning squads have been deployed across trains, buses, ferries, light rail and the metro, particularly in high-traffic areas.

Customers are encouraged to use Opal and contactless payments where possible, to further reduce chances of community spread and safeguard staff.