Brisbane City Council announced that its fleet of 1,200 buses will be sterilised nightly as part of its efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In his tweet last 17 March 2020, Lord Mayor Schrinner said that he had asked “Council staff to urgently gear-up the cleaning regime for our entire bus fleet so that all buses are sterilised daily.”
“We have more than 1,200 buses in the fleet, so this is a huge task, but it’s important for the community to have confidence in public transport,” he said.
The lord mayor has also asked the State Government to allow bus and ferry drivers to not accept cash but Go Card fares only. Council has also announced the cancellation/postponement of some city events including:
- Brisbane Botanica event, scheduled to run from 22 – 31 May at the City Botanic Gardens (postponed until further notice)
- 50 Plus Club activities at City Hall until Sunday 19 April 2020 (cancelled)
- Lord Mayor’s City Hall Tuesday Concert events (cancelled).
“2020 will be a defining moment for our country. It will also be a defining moment for our city. We will make it through this together. Our city has faced major challenges like this before,” Cr Schrinner said in his address to the city on Coronavirus preparations..
“Not only did Brisbane recover, we have gone from strength to strength as a city. We have done it before and by working together, we will do it again.”
Queensland Rail has also ramped up their focus on surface cleaning with additional cleaning of hard surfaces and key customer touch points already being done at stations.
Beginning Tuesday 17 March 2020, the number of staff focused on cleaning high traffic stations in morning and afternoon peak times were tripled with trains also undergoing additional surface cleaning upon entering the depots, prior to their next service, as well as daily disinfecting the inside of the trains.