Bus capacity to increase to 45% despite dwindling mask use
The Berejiklian Government is set to repeal the public health order requiring employees to work from home on Monday 14 December.
As more people are expected to resume their usual commute to work as a result, public transport capacities are set to rise. Green dots informing passengers where to sit on Sydney buses will increase, bringing the total commuter capacity from 38% to 45% by mid-December.
However, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has reiterated that mask use on public transport has plummeted as low as 15% in some parts of Sydney. There are now concerns that boosting the capacity of public transport services may pose a health risk to commuters and transport workers if rates of mask-wearing do not improve. This concern has been echoed by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.