Kevin Hart, Channel Islands director of CT Plus, the parent company of LibertyBus, added that islanders should always try to use cashless payment methods such as contactless cards and bus passes in wherever possible.
He said: ‘They [Guernsey] made the change mainly because of Covid. We ran out of cash at the start of the pandemic, but we have since reintroduced it, but we don’t see as much money as we used to receive.
He added that cash payments currently made up around 20% of transactions, while in 2019 that figure was around 40%.
“We encourage people to find different ways to pay, for example with a contactless card or an AvanchiCard – it’s cleaner and easier for everyone. So if you don’t have to pay cash, don’t, ”he said.
The compulsory wearing of masks in indoor public spaces was reinstated yesterday (Wednesday, July 21), in a context of increasing cases of Covid-19. Mr Hart reminded islanders that masks remain a travel condition and that those exempted should try to display their pass as clearly as possible.
He said: “If you have an exemption card, can you make sure that you have made it visible to both the drivers and the staff patrolling the bus station to make sure everyone using the service do so responsibly and follow the rules. ‘
Mr Hart added that amid the growing number of Covid cases and the government’s work from home counseling, the number of passengers has declined by around 1,000 per week over the past two weeks.
Mr Hart said: “What we are seeing are people working from home as well as the end of schools – although there are more visitors taking advantage of the island, so the numbers are leveling off. “
He added: “We are in an unknown era and we really don’t know how it’s going to go, but we should keep looking on the positive side. Yes, the cases are increasing, but the faster everyone is following the rules and the rules. guidelines put in place by the government, the sooner we can get back to normal.