COVID19 – Update on wearing masks on school buses – Further infomation due on Thursday

Hi everyone

I have received some queries about wearing masks on school buses. The Ministry of Education has sent all principals the following reply.

Understandably we have been getting a lot of questions about the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport, and whether this will apply to school transport.

The Minister of Health announced today that he would set out more details on Thursday including how the rules will work in practice on public transport and what will be asked of passengers and operators. Minister Hipkins will announce at the same time what requirements will be in place for school transport.

We will provide specific advice and guidance for schools and early learning services soon after that announcement.

Guidance for the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport is also being developed by the Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi | New Zealand Transport Agency.

Ka kite anō au i a koe.

Debbie Marshall