Buses will not ply in Abu Dhabi Image Credit: Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Public bus services have been temporarily suspended in the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an added measure to limit the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, transport sector regulator, the Integrated Transport Centre at the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, announced that public buses will be suspended from Thursday, April 23.

Bus services will be re-opened by 6am on Saturday, the Department of Municipalities and Transport said later Wednesday. The department said it would conduct a 48-hour sterilization campaign of public bus services.

The bus-on-demand service that transports healthcare workers to and from their workplaces – Abu Dhabi Healthcare Link - will continue to operate.

Taxis are also operational for the moment, but passengers must don face masks, and only two are allowed at a time in the vehicle.