Bus service extends operating hours with strict safety protocols

South Africa - Cape Town -18 March 2020 - Golden Arrow officials disinfecting buses as they arrive at the Cape Town bus terminus. The company is assisting in fighting the deadly Coronavirus.video:Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

With the easing of lockdown restrictions, Golden Arrow Bus Services’ operating hours have been extended to 5am til 8pm as of Monday May 4.

Timetables are available from the Transport Information Centre on 0800 656463 or www.gabs.co.za

GABS has also implemented additional safety interventions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement issued to the media, they said: “As we move into level four lockdown and moving forward, Golden Arrow Bus Services would like to assure our staff and passengers that their safety remains our priority.”

Current safety interventions and protocols include:

Application of specialised 24-hour germ and virus-killing surface cleaner to buses at least twice daily and surfaces every two hours

A close working relationship with the Departments of Transport, Health and Labour

Limited passenger numbers on each bus – strictly enforced

Each frontline staff member is equipped with gloves, masks and sanitiser

Bus drivers are in enclosed cabins

Temperature testing for every person entering our premises – conducted by external service providers using medical grade equipment.

Strictly enforced social distancing

Masks are compulsory at all times for all staff

Remote working where possible

“We are monitoring passenger demand on a daily basis and updating scheduling as quickly as possible to suit demand. An announcement regarding product validity extensions will be made as soon as possible.”