Air conditioning on public transport buses has been turned on again with immediate effect following instructions from Maltese authorities.
“Malta Public Transport has taken a series of measures to ensure maximum safety, including refitting the air conditioning systems with upgraded inflow particulate filters, which will continue to undergo regular cleansing,” MPT said this evening.
“Additionally, the air ducts of air conditioners on every bus are being specially fumigated every night at the end of each shift,” they continued.
Malta’s public buses have had their air conditioning turned off as part of the preventative measures rolled out in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as summer hit, temperatures began to rise and passengers raised concerns over the heat on some rides.
MPT has now said they’ve updated their system and will be allowed to put the A/C back on during rides.
“Circulating air on the bus is being changed a minimum of eight times per hour during regular operation for the safety of everyone on board. Internal air filtering purifies re-circulating air while external systems provide fresh air intake. Windows and hatches are being kept closed throughout journeys to maintain the right functioning of air conditioning,” they said.
In light of this, they still urged all passengers to continue wearing face masks at all times on the bus.