For the first time since the start of the pandemic, public transport services will be allowed to operate at full capacity from today.
This is part of the latest stage of easing the remaining Covid-19 restrictions, which was decided by the government yesterday.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) confirmed that seats on public transport services will no longer be blocked to prevent people from sitting too close together.
Throughout the pandemic, the allocated capacity varied from 25% to 75% depending on what stage of the pandemic we were in.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan stated, “we do need public transport back because we are going to be bringing people back to offices and college and they need a way to get in”.
While welcoming the decision to resume public transport at full capacity, NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham stated that the wearing of face coverings will still be mandatory on public transport services.
She added that the NTA will “continue to liaise with transport operators to monitor passenger trends and any challenges that may arise as we return to full capacity”.