The Age is reporting that the front row of Melbourne trams and buses will be out-of-bounds to commuters in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The new safety measures will also see inquiry holes being sealed up, to stop customers from talking to the drivers.

Yarra Trams have now installed signs saying commuters cannot sit in the front row in order to ‘keep your driver on the road”.

Public transport is excluded from the social distancing rules, which currently require a minimum of four square metres per person is required in indoor gatherings.

Trams are now undergoing a deep clean prior to each service, which includes wiping of high-touch areas like next stop buttons, handrails and grab straps at the beginning of each route.

Buses and trains are also being sanitised and cleaned every night.

“All of these measures have been introduced based on the advice from the DHHS,” Yarra Trams said in a statement.

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“We’ll keep these increased procedures in place for as long as needed.”