Helsinki public transport to stop selling tickets on board buses, step up disinfection

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) is introducing precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Routes will continue to operate normally, but modes of transport and stations will now be disinfected more thoroughly and bus drivers will no longer sell tickets on the bus to passengers.

The enhanced cleaning and disinfection activities will apply to all trains, metros, buses and stations, with special attention devoted to surfaces that are heavily used, such as handrails.

Starting on the 13 March, drivers of buses that serve the city will no longer sell tickets on the bus to avoid handling money and direct contact with the passengers.

HSL: Avoid using public transport if possible

HSL asks the public to avoid unnecessary use of public transport, so it remains safe for those people who are dependent on it. Biking and walking are the best alternatives.

The public transport service also recommends employees work remotely, if possible, and that customers who must travel do so outside the hours of 7-9 am and 3-6 pm.

HSL is closely following the official recommendations and guidelines of Finland’s governmental and health authorities, e.g. the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

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