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This is the maximum number of passengers in buses, taxis and private vehicles

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This is the maximum number of passengers in buses, taxis and private vehicles

Guidelines for passenger transport were issued by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, pursuant to paragraph 2.2 (p) of the Decontamination (Defining Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19) Decree (No. 02) of 2021.

A relevant announcement broadcast on Saturday by the GTP states that in terms of public passenger transport, the maximum number of passengers that can transport Public Transport – M.D.M. (Regular Passenger Buses with fare per passenger, Licensed Buses, Buses used for shuttle services to and from airports (shuttle)), as well as private buses with road license, in all provinces of Cyprus, is defined up to 50% of the capacity of each bus, with the exception of buses for which a special permit is granted by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, which determines a higher percentage of capacity.

The maximum number of passengers that can carry buses carrying only students (nurseries, kindergartens, pre-schools and special education), to and from their educational institutions (public and private), in all provinces of Cyprus is determined up to 50% of the capacity of each bus.

Also, the maximum number of Passengers that can carry buses with a Road Use License for a large family is set at 100% of the capacity of each bus.

It is also stated that the maximum number of passengers that can be transported by taxis is 50% of the taxi stipulated in the Road Use License. Where 50% is not an integer, the number is rounded to the nearest whole number.

Regarding private passenger transport, it is stated that private vehicles can be ridden by members of the same family (household), including minor children of the family, depending on the capacity of the vehicle, without the use of a mask.

In cases of transportation by vehicle of persons from different households, it is allowed to ride in the vehicle up to three (3) persons, including the driver, with the necessary use of a mask.

For travel purposes for work with a private vehicle with a capacity of more than five (5) people (eg construction workers, transporters, etc.), it is allowed to ride up to four (4) people, including the driver, with the necessary use of a mask.

For travel purposes for work with a private vehicle with a capacity of up to five (5) people, up to three (3) people are allowed to ride, including the driver, with the necessary use of a mask.

For public passenger transport, it is additionally stated that when a bus does not have a driver's cab and a protective membrane separating it from the entrance of passengers, the seats behind the driver as well as the first seat on the left (guide seat – where available) must be remain empty.

Also, all the necessary measures must be taken in order to avoid overcrowding during boarding and disembarking, while at the entrance of each bus there must be a liquid hand antiseptic for use by all passengers.

Also, buses must be cleaned and disinfected frequently, definitely before the start of the service and during the day. Cleaning / disinfection should be done at least every four routes and, where possible, cleaning / disinfection should be done at the end of each route. Cleaning / disinfection should be done carefully, especially on surfaces that are often touched such as handles, handles, metal surfaces, seat belts, rails, etc., using disinfectants and materials recommended by the Ministry of Health.

At each bus stop, at the end of each route and at each break, the bus doors remain open, as well as windows and skylights if any.

Student-only buses must, in addition to the general guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the buses listed above, be disinfected before and after the transfer of students, and it is recommended that students sit in a predetermined position daily, where this is feasible.

It is also recommended that students who belong to the same department or are siblings sit next to each other.

The buses do not use air conditioning systems with air recycling and use windows and skylights (open) where they exist.

The use of a face mask by employees and passengers on all regular passenger buses with a fare per passenger, as well as on all means of public transport (taxis, tour buses, shuttle services to and from airports (shuttle)) age, continues to be mandatory in all provinces. The measures came into force on January 10, 2021 at 05.00 am.

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