New Delhi: The Yogi Adityanath government has issued guidelines for the operation of roadways buses in green zone districts of Uttar Pradesh from Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus in Noida: 27 Fresh Cases Reported in a Day, Total Active Cases Now 209; 4-Year-Old Recovers

Raj Shekhar, Managing Director of UP State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), said, “Buses will run in all routes of green zone districts. Buses would also run between two districts in a green zone. Buses will be available from green zone districts to the border districts which are in green zone.” Also Read - COVID-19: Six-fold Jump in Cases, Five-fold Surge in Fatalities After a Month: Is Worst Yet to Come For India?

He further said that it will be mandatory for passengers to cover their faces with masks, handkerchief or ‘gamchha’, whichever is available with them. Also Read - No Shortage of Beds in Delhi, Clarifies Health Minister; 1,330 Fresh COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hrs, Total Tally Over 26,000

“Without a face mask, boarding will not be allowed in buses and passengers will have to sanitise their hands before they board the bus. The number of passengers in every bus would be regulated as per the guidelines of the Central government,” he said.

Shekhar further said that every bus will have a 500 ml hand sanitizer bottle and the driver and conductor will also cover their faces and conductors will be required to wear gloves.

The route of buses would be changed accordingly if there is a change in the zone category of a district.

All buses will be sanitised twice a day, before and after every trip.

Every depot would have a COVID -19 task force in place.

The running of buses from Wednesday is a part of the state government’s efforts to gradually ease lockdown rules and allow restricted movement in green zones.