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Sydney commuters can feel free to ignore the green dots on trains and buses from Monday morning as services move to greater capacity.
With city services to run at 75 per cent capacity, and regional trains at 100 per cent, commuters will no longer be urged to sit apart from each other, the NSW government has announced.
“Health advice now allows public transport services to increase capacity, which means people can now sit next to each other on their trip,” according to Paul Toole, who is acting as transport minister while Andrew Constance is on leave.
The green dots – which were rolled out to remind passengers not to be close to each other during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – will remain on seats and floors. But they will no longer mean anything.
Government policy is catching up to reality, as Sydneysiders living in a COVID-free city have largely ignored the dots for months.
“No one is paying attention to them, I don’t think,” Chippendale commuter Erin Roper, 22, said.
“Maybe back at the start (of the pandemic), but definitely not now.”
Train commuter Erin Roper (right) says ‘no-one’ has paid attention to the green dots for quite a while. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
Her regular rush hour train rides on the Inner West line are often packed, she said.
“I don’t think anyone is really paying attention to the dots as much - I know I don’t worry about sitting on them as long as they’re away from someone.”
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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