Maltese public buses and terminuses will now be regularly and “rigorously” fumigated as new precautions against the spread of COVID-19 are rolled out by Transport Malta and Malta Public Transport.
Images of terminuses in both Malta and Gozo as well as interior and exterior shots of buses being cleaned by professionals fully kitted out in protective gear were released today.
Each fumigation operation lasts about five minutes per bus, and the operations are set to take place in the bus depots of the Marsa Park and Ride, Ċirkewwa and Victoria, Gozo at night.
There are around 430 route buses on the island.
Fumigation started last night, with popular routes buses like Valletta, Mater Dei, Sliema, Msida and Buġibba being among the first to be treated.
These new measures come after Malta’s public transport system was already restricted in the last week.
Passengers riding the bus will no longer be allowed to stand up, with bus drivers regularly checking to ensure passengers are following the rules. Passengers will also need to give the exact price of a bus ticket as drivers will no longer be giving change.
And it’s not just the transport system that’s been restricted – just yesterday, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced the shutdown of gyms, bars, restaurants, bingo halls and other popular establishments where many people would be in close contact with each other.