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Information and guidance on minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission when using public transport, taxis and rideshare services.

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Update on COVID-19 restrictions

Stay at home rules apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. 

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Using public transport and when to wear a face mask

You must wear a face mask on public transport when required by public health orders. 

Wearing a face mask is also strongly recommended when you are unable to physically distance on public transport.

To protect your health and others 

  • plan ahead and travel during the less busy times between 10am and 3pm if you can
  • check the capacity of services before you travel with the Trip Plannertransport apps or social media to see which services have enough space for you to maintain physical distancing
  • where available, sit or stand in the places marked with a green dot
  • observe capacity limits and wait for the next service if the bus, ferry or train has reached capacity
  • practise good personal hygiene.

Visit Transport for NSW for COVID safe guidance on

  • increased capacity
  • sharing space
  • sitting next to others on public transport.

Wearing a face mask continues to be mandatory in airports and on flights in NSW.

Learn more about face mask rules.

Taxis and rideshare services


Wear a face mask when required to under the public health orders. 

To protect your health when you are a passenger in a taxi or rideshare service

  • sit in the back seat
  • use contactless payment
  • avoid travelling if you are unwell.

If you are feeling unwell stay at home or get tested if you have any symptoms.


As the operator of a taxi or rideshare service

Party buses

A party bus is a vehicle being used on a commercial basis for the purposes of a party, whether or not the party takes place during transportation between locations.

Commercial party bus operators must

Party buses should also follow the guidance for community and private bus services.

Buses and coaches, other than party buses, are exempt gatherings under the public health order. This means they are not required to have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan. However under work health and safety (WHS) law, all employers or businesses are required to manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and others in the work environment.

Related apps

Service NSW App

Service NSW

You can check in to COVID Safe businesses who are using their NSW Government QR Code, via the Service NSW app.

Opal Travel app icon

Opal Travel

Opal Travel is the official app for managing your travel across the Opal network in Sydney and greater New South Wales. Use the app to add value to your Opal card remotely, enable auto top-ups, view your travel history and access other useful public transport information.

Life Traffic NSW Transport for NSW

Live Traffic NSW

Incidents and conditions on NSW roads 24/7 from the Transport Management Centre.


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