COVID-19 Service updates

Published 7/09/2021

Canterbury is now at Delta Alert Level 2.

Canterbury moved to Delta Alert Level 2 on Wednesday 8 September. The great news is that we are back to usual timetables for the Timaru Link and Temuka services. 

MyWay by Metro is operating as usual. 

Timaru Link and Temuka service operating without capacity restrictions 

From Wednesday 6 October, all Metro services are operating without capacity restrictions. 

This means that the no standing rule is no longer applicable. 

MyWay by Metro is also operating without capacity restrictions. Face coverings are mandatory, and contact tracing is in place.  

School bus services  

Dedicated school services have no capacity restrictions. 

Students aged 12 years and over will now need to wear a face covering on dedicated school services. Face coverings must be worn while waiting for, and on board the regular Metro services and dedicated school service. Students are also encouraged to keep a record of their journey – to do this simply scan the QR codes on board.

School services resumed on Thursday 9 September. 


At Delta Alert Level 2, the Timaru Link and Temuka services are operating under normal timetables.  

MyWay by Metro is also operating, although the MyWay weekend evening service has not resumed just yet.  

Face coverings and scanning in  

You must scan in, using the QR code nearest your seat. If you are unable to scan the QR code, you can call 03 688 5544 to register your travel.  

For everyone aged 12 and older, face coverings are mandatory on all public transport unless you have an exemption for health reasons.  

Please, do not use public transport if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, are travelling to get a test, or awaiting results, or if you need to self-isolate. 


Contactless payment is preferred, especially at Delta Level 2.  

Metrocards make this easy. You can order one online - be sure to register your card for contactless top ups as well. Metrocards save you at least 25% compared to paying with cash.  

On MyWay by Metro, you have the option of paying using the MyWay app or your Metrocard. 

Leaving home?  Remember: 

  • Your face covering 
  • Your Metrocard for contactless payment 
  • Your phone for QR code scanning. 

Be kind, keep safe.  
The team at Timaru Metro and MyWay by Metro 

Last updated 6 October 2021