Some long-distance public transport operators expect to get their buses back on the road this weekend after putting in place public health measures to protect travellers from the coronavirus.
This comes after the Coach and Bus Operators Association (CBOA) met with officials from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development on Thursday to discuss the proposed guidelines for resuming services.
Extra City Coaches, which services many routes including Harare-Bulawayo and routes to Victoria Falls said they will likely start with a few buses this weekend as they assess the environment. Extra City managing director David Masimira, said:
We have made plans like putting necessary COVID-19 prevention equipment at all loading points as we try to meet WHO guidelines as demanded for by Government. People are likely to see action this weekend and we will start with a few buses as we assess the environment.
Following the meeting with government officials yesterday, CBOA chief executive Aleck Kautsiro said most of their members were represented and they are happy to resume operations as implementing the public health regulations will not be a challenge.
On Tuesday Government approved the resumption of intercity travel following the re-opening of schools for examination classes and the resumption of domestic tourism.
Inter-city travel was banned when Government effected a national lockdown in March to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.