Transcription of Brisbane's Lord Mayor discusses new safety measures rolled out across Brisbane

I'm Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

I understand many of you are anxious about the circumstances we are facing today.

I want to reassure you, keeping Brisbane residents safe is my top priority, and Council continues to adapt so that essential services can be delivered safely.

That's why, we're implementing new safety measures on Brisbane buses, ferries and CityCats, including payment by Go Card only as well as rear-door boarding on Brisbane buses to protect passengers and drivers from coronavirus.

We want you to be able to travel with confidence and nightly sanitisation of Council's fleet is ongoing.

If you're moving around Brisbane on a bus, I urge you to do so with caution and follow social distancing rules.

As a further measure, Council will no longer allow people to sit in the front passenger seat, near the driver.

For pedestrians, we’ve also programmed hundreds of inner-city pedestrian signals to run automatically, twenty-four seven, so you don't have to press a button to get a green light.

If you, a loved one or a local business are struggling to pay Council rates on time, please speak to us.

There are several ways we may be able to assist during this difficult time.

There is no way of knowing how long or how far this crisis will extend but I want to assure you, if you are experiencing genuine hardship Council is here to help where we can.

In light of this, I have also asked Council parking inspectors to show leniency at this time and only issue warnings, unless there is a serious safety issue.

As always, changes to council facilities, events and services will continue to be reported on Council's website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

You can also discuss Council assistance options by calling 3403 8888.

For the most up to date health advice, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Commonwealth Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800020 080.

These are unprecedented times but I am determined for Council to lead the way.

Together, united, we will get through this.

Last updated:6 May 2020