Together we stop the infection ?
Länstrafiken follows the Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations and asks you to do the same:
Keep in mind that:
• Stay home and avoid close contact with others if you are ill with such symptoms as may be covid-19.
• Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
• Feel free to buy your ticket in advance via the app or load the bus card in our web shop
Removal of restrictions on 9 February
From February 9, 2022, most recommendations and restrictions regarding Covid-19 will be removed. The recommendations and regulations that are removed and directly affect public transport and you as a traveler are:
- The advice that activities that organize public transport should maintain the frequency
- The advice for adults to use face mask in case of congestion
- That all travelers as far as possible should have a seat and that no standing is allowed for long-distance public transport (over 150 km)
This means that from 9 February, we will take down information concerning Covid-19 in our buses and digital information areas.
When it comes to closed front doors for boarding in public transport, we will return with information about it. It is not a decision made by the Public Health Agency or the Government.
Closed front doors for boarding
From Monday 17 January, the front doors of the buses will be closed for boarding.
On the lines where the front door is closed, you as a traveler buy/blip your ticket in front of the driver and then go on board via the middle/rear door. Please show consideration and let the disembarkation go off first.
A decision on closed front doors is handled by the employer, in this case the transport companies, but Länstrafiken has now made a joint decision to increase safety for drivers and passengers. The solution is temporary and applies until 13 February. The decision will then be evaluated in relation to the situation every 14 days.
Restrictions on long-distance public transport
From 28 December, new restrictions apply to long-distance bus and train traffic. It includes our bus traffic with a route that exceeds 150 km. The restriction means that, as far as possible, ensure that each passenger has access to a seat. In Norrbotten’s long-distance bus traffic, standing passengers are not allowed, so all passengers must have a seat.
In addition to that and already existing recommendations, we take these infection control measures:
- Informs our travelers about how to help reduce the risk of infection
- Document the infection control measures
- Follows up and checks that the infection control measures are current and in place
- Ensures in collaboration with procured transport companies that the staff receives the necessary information
- Monitor the world around them and follow the latest information from the Swedish Public Health Agency and the regional infection control unit
Partially closed front doors for boarding
Right now we have partially closed front doors for boarding the buses in regional traffic. As a traveler, you skip your ticket or buy your trip at the front door and get on at the back.
To protect our drivers and passengers in public transport, we are now once again putting in place infection control measures together with the transport companies. On some of our lines and buses, we have closed the front door for boarding. You blip and buy your ticket at the front door and then get on at the back door. Note that the solutions may look a little different on different buses. Show consideration and let the disembarkation go off first.
In other respects, we recommend you as a traveler to follow the recommendations that apply to you who travel with us.
New recommendations to limit the spread of infection
As of December 8, recommendations will be introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19. In addition to the general recommendations in the link above, these measures concern public transport:
- Adults are advised to avoid congestion in public transport by choosing to travel other times than during rush hour traffic or use other modes of transport, such as walking, cycling or driving.
- If congestion in public transport can not be avoided, adults are recommended to use face mask. It is the passenger’s responsibility to bring their own mouthguard on the bus.
Länstrafiken Norrbotten’s mission is to maintain full frequency and inform you about which recommendations apply.
All restrictions for travel by public transport have been removed and you can travel with Länstrafiken Norrbotten as usual again.
We are finally reopening the front doors on our buses *, which means you have to step through the front door when you travel with us.
Even though the restrictions on travel by public transport have been removed, the pandemic is not over. Therefore, it is important that you keep this in mind when traveling:
– Show consideration and consideration – others may still be worried about infection even if you are not.
– Never travel if you have symptoms that could be covid-19.
* There may be local deviations on some bus lines where the front door is still closed, these buses will gradually open their front doors when the move of the ticket machine is complete.
All restrictions on public transport will end on 29th of September
From 29th of September, the regulation HSLF-FS 2020: 12 will be removed. This means that all recommendations regarding keeping a distance and avoiding congestion in, for example, public transport are removed. The general guidelines were also directed at public transport to ensure that the traffic can be driven to the extent necessary to reduce the risk of congestion and to inform its passengers about how they can reduce the risk of the spread of infection.
From 29th of September, we in Norrbotten’s public transport will gradually remove information concerning Covid-19 and adapt our operations to the reality that prevails then.
Passenger restrictions on long-distance public transport will be removed
From 15 July, the Government has decided that passenger restrictions on long-distance public transport (route over 150 km) will be removed. Avoiding crowds and following the general advice remains very important.
More info about this can be found on the Public Health Agency’s website >>
Recommendations will be removed on July 1st
From 1 July, according to the Government and Public Health Agency’s plan, several recommendations and regulations will be removed. What mainly affects public transport, both you as a traveler and us as operators are:
- The advice on mouth protection in public transport during rush hour disappears.
- The advice on restrictions on the number of passengers / vehicles in public transport is removed.
On July 15, more changes are planned for public transport. If the spread of infection continues to decrease, the regulation with only 50% occupancy on lines with a line length of more than 150 km will be removed.
Reinforced restrictions in Norrbotten
Stricter advice and restrictions from Infection Control Norrbotten now apply. The purpose is to stop the increasing spread of covid-19 in Norrbotten.
Follow the advice to avoid infecting others and becoming infected with covid-19 yourself. The reinforced restrictions apply until 13 June.
Everyone must take personal responsibility and do their utmost. Do not search for what is allowed. Instead, consider what is appropriate.
Everyone, whether you have had covid-19 or are vaccinated, should follow the advice to protect yourself and others.
Read more about what applies to us who stay in Norrbotten >>
Restrictions for long-distance public transport over 150 km
New restrictions are introduced for long-distance public transport over 150 km. We are now working to see how our traffic is included and what arrangements we can take to comply with the regulations.
The Government’s decision regarding restrictions on long-distance public transport >>
Travelers are encouraged to wear face mask
It is the passenger’s responsibility to procure face mask prior to their necessary journey from 7 January 2021. However, Länstrafiken plans, in accordance with the recommendation, to offer travelers a face mask upon presentation of a valid ticket. The face masks are for those who have not had the opportunity to arrange their own and the number is limited.
The handing out of face mask will take place via Bussgods in the county during regular opening hours as soon as we have the face masks in place.
We will not provide face masks on board the buses and we will not be able to control the use of face mask. The responsibility to follow the recommendation from The Public Health Agency of Sweden lies with the traveler.
Drivers are not covered by the recommendation to wear a face mask.
- Instructions on how to use the face mask that is recommended (external link)
- Valid from 7 January 2021 on weekdays between 7-9 and 16-18
- Applies to people born in 2004 and earlier (from high school age and older)
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends a disposable face mask CE-marked class 1 or 2
FAQ about covid-19 (external link The Public Health Agency of Sweden)
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Recommendations on mouth protection in public transport
The government and The Public Health Agency of Sweden have issued a new national guideline for travel by public transport, which will take effect on 7 January.
The new guidelines mean that recommendations for mouth guards will be introduced in public transport during certain times. The Public Health Agency of Sweden will return with a guide on how to introduce oral protection. We await those messages and will return with more details as soon as we know more.
For you who have no choice but to travel by public transport
Keep a distance from drivers and fellow passengers: We ask you to show consideration and keep your distance when you travel with us. Spread out on the bus, keep your distance at the ticket office and at the stop, let those who get off the bus do so before you board yourself.
Avoid traveling during rush hour: Here you as a traveler have a personal responsibility by waiting for the next bus or choosing another mode of transport if it is crowded on the bus that arrives. Keep in mind that travel usually increases towards the weekend (Fridays and Sundays), so choose another travel day if possible. Lines that are popular and you should keep an extra eye on >>
Buy digital tickets. We ask you to buy your ticket in advance via the app or load the bus card in our web shop.
Only boarding in the middle / back door of the bus. Validation of a ticket / purchase of a ticket takes place at the front door where the ticket machine is placed in the doorway. Then you get off the bus and get on board via the middle / back door.
Together we can curb the infection. It is important that we continue to follow the general advice:
- Stay home even if you just feel a little sick.
- Keep a distance from others both indoors and outdoors.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Refrain from social contexts with a larger number of participants.
- Work from home if possible.
- Test yourself for symptoms.
- Visitation restrictions apply at Norrbotten Hospital.
Everyone in Sweden has a responsibility to prevent the spread of covid-19.
According to the Infection Control Act, everyone in Sweden has a responsibility to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as covid-19. Here is information on what you need to keep in mind when traveling within the country: