The buses will return to operate on Monday after 22:00. Transport Minister Miri Regev said the decision to resume operations at night - just a few days after it was interrupted - was made "following an assessment of the situation with senior officials and public transport companies."
Last week, the Ministry of Transport decided that bus traffic would be halted at 10 p.m., unless buses leave train stations. At the same time, last Thursday, the buses began operating at half the capacity - 32 passengers on an intercity bus and 30 on a city bus.
The Ministry of Transport said last week that highways would be increased to meet the guidelines that limit the number of passengers and reduce waiting time at the stations. The ministry did not respond to the approved budget increase, which lines would be increased and what their frequency would be.
The restriction on the number of passengers on buses causes an unusual load and the companies find it difficult to keep up with the load and supply enough buses to meet the demand of passengers mainly during the morning and afternoon hours. The Ministry of Health fears mass infections on busy buses, so it was decided to reduce the number of passengers on intercity and local buses. The train continues to operate at this time, although the number of passengers is small. There is no doubt that travelers are afraid to stick and there is no demand for the popular lines. The train to Jerusalem does travel from central Tel Aviv but does not stop at the partially paralyzed Ben Gurion Airport.
Increased morbidity could put a stop to public transport in the coming days.