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Bus Service “Suspended Until Further Notice”

[Updated] There will be an interruption in the public bus service this afternoon [April 9] to “facilitate Covid-19 testing for DPT employees” with service suspended at 3.00pm and “expected to resume by 7.00 pm this evening.”

This afternoon, a Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Public Transportation [DPT] is advising the public that there will be an interruption in the public bus service this afternoon [9 April] to facilitate Covid-19 testing for DPT employees.

“The service will be suspended at 3.00 pm today. It’s expected to resume by 7.00 pm this evening.

“The Department sincerely regrets and apologises for any inconvenience caused by this stoppage.

“However the DPT is committed to ensuring that health and safety of its staff and the public is a priority.”

Update 9.22pm: A Government spokesperson, “The Ministry of Transport advised this evening that regular bus service has not resumed, and has been suspended until further notice, due to the fact that bus operators have not returned to work.

The Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott said this evening, “We are working closely with the Bermuda Industrial Union to address operator concerns. As the community can appreciate, like other frontline workers public transport providers are critical to keeping our economy active as we navigate this outbreak.

“I know that the BIU leadership and membership share the goal of ensuring that those Bermudians who cannot work remotely can get to and from work. We hope to have an update on amicable resolution in due course.”

“The Ministry notes that it will update the public once service has resumed, and apologised for any inconvenience caused to commuters.”

Update April 10, 2pm: A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Transport takes this opportunity to thank the public for their patience while it works to resume bus service.

“With that, the Ministry advised that the Department of Public Transportation has enacted its health, safety, and rigourous cleaning protocols, and is currently working with the Department of Health in preparation for the resumption of regular service. The public will be updated later today regarding any developments.”