Bay of Plenty Regional Council are urging people not to travel on public transport unless their journey is absolutely essential.
A spokesperson says essential travel includes healthcare workers getting to and from work and people needing to get to supermarkets or pharmacies.
All bus journeys will be free of charge.
Reduced services will be running from tomorrow to enable essential workers in BOP communities to continue to get where they need to go.
“Your cooperation is crucial if New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 is to be effective.”
Public transport services to hospitals will also continue.
Passengers are asked to enter and exit through the backdoors when possible, and to avoid contact with drivers.
“If you do have to travel, please stay at least two metres apart from others and be sure to follow the expert advice on hand washing and other precautions.”
For more information, visit www.baybus.co.nz