New COVID-19 Squads Hit the CBD.

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Additional dedicated cleaning squads have rolled out across CBD transport hubs, to help keep commuters COVID safe.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the roving teams are cleaning high touch points at five key locations and handing out masks to commuters.

“In addition to the cleaners on our services, we have now rolled out additional cleaning squads to keep stops, waiting areas and even bike racks clean to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mr Constance said.

“More than 1,000 touch points are cleaned each shift at Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay and Martin Place, and more than 92,000 masks have been handed out to customers since the squads first popped up during the Northern Beaches outbreak.

“The teams can be deployed quickly to areas where there has been a COVID-19 breakout or where a major event is taking place, like the SCG for the cricket.

“I’d like to thank all our frontline workers for keeping our network moving and our commuters who are wearing their masks while travelling on public transport.”

Transport for NSW Acting Deputy Secretary for Greater Sydney Howard Collins said the 1,200 extra summer services, introduced in early December, will continue until at least the end of March.

“The extra summer services will be extended to help commuters stay safe as they continue to return to the CBD. More than 4,500 extra services are now running across the network in response to COVID-19,” Mr Collins said.

“Don’t forget to wear your face mask, sit or stand on a green dot, maintain physical distancing and register your Opal card or check in using a QR code to help support the NSW Health tracing team.”

The roving cleaning teams are in addition to the cleaners on services which have carried out an additional 1.7 million hours of cleaning across the public transport network since March 2020.

Commuters are reminded that face masks are still mandatory on all modes of public transport and you may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing one. Children aged 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.