MOREBUS has reassured passenger it is still “business as usual”, despite the newly-announced three-tier system to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The local operator said it has worked hard to reintroduce its full service timetable over recent months, with a host of safety measures in place.

“Many local people have emerged from hibernation, after what has been an incredibly challenging year,” said Morebus managing director, Andrew Wickham.

“And we are delighted to learn that this will still be the case, with our area designated as the lowest tier (tier one). And, we have special measures in place to ensure travelling on public transport is one of the safest places to be.”

Several recent international studies suggest the risk of coronavirus spreading on public transport has remained substantially low through the pandemic - due to safety measures introduced.

“I am not at surprised by this because our team has worked tirelessly to ensure the buses across our fleet are clean and hygienic,” Andrew added.

“We have stringent regimes in place - including extra focus on touch touch-points with anti-viral wipes. Our passengers must wear face coverings, unless exempt, and we have also given our operation the ‘belt and braces’ treatment, by also adding hand sanitisers.

“We will of course continue to monitor the situation and, if the government guidelines for our area does change, we will act accordingly.”