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Public transport restarting

Ljubljana, 11 May - Public transport will start running in Slovenia again after nearly two months on Monday. The relaunch will be gradual and restrictive measure will be in place to ensure social distancing is observed.

Ljubljana
Only a fraction of seats are available for train passengers as public transit in Slovenia resumes after an eight-week coronavirus hiatus.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Only a fraction of seats are available for train passengers as public transit in Slovenia resumes after an eight-week coronavirus hiatus.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Passenger transport resumes in Slovenia after an eight-week coronavirus hiatus.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
A train triver wears a face mask as his train stops at the Ljubljana Rail Terminal.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Passengers disembark from trains wearing face masks as public transit in Slovenia resumes after an eight-week coronavirus hiatus.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Railways operator Slovenske železnice presents new passenger travel regime.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Passengers will have to disinfect their hands upon entry, wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.

Buses are to be outfitted with special barriers for drivers and unless these are in place, passengers will not be able to enter through the front door.

Until then, passenger will also not be able to buy tickets on the bus. Ticket purchase will be possible at bigger stops and stations, online and at ticket machines. The same is also advised by railways operator Slovenske Železnice.

About every other seat on train will be off limits, so as to ensure social distancing, Slovenske Železnice said on Friday.

At their last stop, the buses and trains will have to be aired and disinfected.

Most public transport operators are planning a gradual restart, with Slovenske Železnice planning to dispatch only 30% of their coaches today.

Because many people have questions about how public transport will run, the Infrastructure Ministry opened an info hotline available at 01 478 85 12.

Meanwhile, international passenger transport remains suspended. Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec has previously mentioned 1 June as a possible date of relaunch.

Vrtovec told the TV Slovenija news show Dnevnik last night that passenger air transport may also be relaunched this week.

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