Orbus and COVID-19

Update Tuesday 21 September 3pm:

With the return to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight, face coverings will no longer be mandatory on public transport, but are still encouraged. A big thanks to all our passengers who have covered up during Alert Level 2 to keep themselves and others safe.

   

    

Timetables

All timetables are available online for Dunedin and Queenstown.

    

Update Tuesday 15 September 3pm:

The government has changed physical distancing requirements on public transport. This will change the level of service and the need to put duplicate buses on busy runs for school students. Here are the details.

• Passengers on buses can sit on any seat but are still encouraged to physically distance where possible.
• You should still wear a face covering (for ages 12 and up unless you have a disability that makes it unsuitable).
• The last day that we operate backup/duplicate buses due to level 2 distancing is Friday, 18 September 2020.
• From Monday 21 September, school children who used to catch the regular, all-passenger service, will do so again.
• You may still see distancing stickers on buses - this a guideline.
• Make sure your Bee Card is ready to go and topped up.
And above all, be kind to each other, and to your driver.

Update Tuesday 25 August 3pm:

The government has said face coverings are mandatory on public transport as of Monday 31 August. That means that all passengers and drivers in buses in Dunedin and Queenstown will need to wear a face mask on the bus (putting them on before they board the bus).
Please, for the sake of your fellow passengers, your driver and yourself, and for keeping the service running smoothly, wear a mask and remember to be kind to each other while we get through this.

 

Update Wednesday 19 August 2020, 1pm:

You’ll start to see a lot of information on buses, including posters about social distancing and tracking your travel.
Please sit by the window on your own unless you are with a travel buddy.
This will reduce capacity, which may not guarantee your place on your usual service. Like last time we were at Alert Level 2, please be patient, travel off peak if you can, or use other means of getting around.
Other posters may include a specific tracer QR code poster for that bus, as well as Bee Card posters.

Update Monday 17 August 2020, 10:30 am:

What does COVID-19 mean for the Bee Card rollout? It is really important you can top up online because of the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the need to be contactless, so ‘bee’ ready, get your card registered and make sure you can top up online before we start charging fares again on 1 September in Dunedin and 15 September in Queenstown.

Head to www.beecard.co.nz or call our friendly team on 0800 474 082.

 

Update Friday 14 August 2020, 6pm:

Following the government’s announcement that we are staying at Alert Level 2, here’s a reminder about what it means for catching the bus. Physical distancing is required, so unless you are travelling with a buddy please keep the seat next to you free. We will keep you informed of any updates and are busy planning so we’re prepared if things change. We hope you have a good weekend and remember to stay home if you’re sick, be kind to each other and stay safe.

 

Update: Thursday 13 August 2020, 3pm

Good news! We’ve been able organise some additional buses for school students starting from this afternoon and also for tomorrow (Friday). Please click here to see a list of services and schools. We have contacted all schools earlier this afternoon to let them know about the extra services.

 

Update: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 2pm

We have moved to COVID Alert Level 2 as of midday. 

At this stage buses are running as normal, however capacity will be reduced due to physical distancing requirements. 
Many of you are catching buses as they are free. Please choose an alternative mode if you have one so those who rely on the bus to get to/from work can travel if capacity is reduced as this evolves. And please be kind to our drivers and each other as we all make adjustments.
You will have other questions - check out the FAQs below which we are updating regularly. If you are a Facebook user, the easiest way to stay up-to-date is by following Orbus Dunedin or Orbus QT.
This is a good reminder to practice good hygiene. Stay home if you are feeling unwell, wash your hands thoroughly and often and wear a face mask if you have one.
     

Update: Wednesday 12 August 2020, 6am

At this stage buses are running as normal.
However, prepare for when we move into Alert Level 2 at noon when we may require that you keep a 1 metre physical distance on the bus and pick an alternate seat.
Many of you are catching buses as they are free. Please choose an alternative mode if you have one so those who rely on the bus to get to/from work can travel if capacity is reduced as this evolves. And please be kind to our drivers and each other as we all make adjustments.
You will have other questions and we will get answers to you as soon as we have them. If you are a Facebook user, the easiest way to stay up-to-date is by following Orbus Dunedin or Orbus QT on facebook.
This is a good reminder to practice good hygiene. Stay home if you are feeling unwell, wash your hands thoroughly and often and wear a face mask if you have one.

 

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