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SOCIAL distancing on public transport has proven difficult for Queenslanders to adhere to, with the state’s Transport Minister saying pictures of packed buses were “the type of images we don’t want to see”.
A photo taken on the public Stradbroke Island Bus Service on Sunday morning showed at least 30 people crammed into the back of the bus.
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Transport Minister Mark Bailey said it’s important that people continue to do their bit to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Queenslanders have been leading the pack on the coronavirus response, which is why our number of active cases is so low, but these are the type of images we don’t want to see,” Mr Bailey said.
A picture from inside the Stradbroke Island Bus Service.
“On public transport that means keeping up your hygiene and adjusting your travel.
“As we’ve seen in New South Wales, capping the number of people in public transport is already proving difficult, with their transport authorities already looking at backtracking on restrictions.”
Former Queensland Chief Health Officer and Professor of Public Health at QUT Gerry Fitzgerald said public transport was a “tricky” issue for the government but the risk of catching COVID-19 on public transport in Queensland was small.
“I don’t know how we can have public transport and keep 1.5m distance,” Professor Fitzgerald said.
“People aren’t going to be able to sit 1.5m apart otherwise people will be waiting hours for buses.
“I think the risk is small … If you can’t social distance, maybe wearing a mask can be helpful, not that it protects you but it might protect others from your virus.”
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