West Cork Connect are set to suspend their bus service until further notice, from 11pm tonight, March 20.
The company, which was awarded a contract to compete with Bus Éireann just last year, has made the decision on the basis of the health and well-being of their staff and customers.
The service begins their route in Skibbereen, travelling and collecting at all the usual bus stops until it reaches St Patrick’s Quay in Cork city.
However, in a statement, the company said: “From 11pm, all West Cork Connect Services will be suspended until further notice.
“We have made this decision due to the unprecedented rise in cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This decision was not easy to make but the health and well-being of our staff and customers must always come first for us.
“We will make contact with all passengers that have bookings with us directly. We will post any updates on our website and social media.”
The company had only recently launched their service between Cork city and Skibbereen, and were hailed as being 30% cheaper than their competition.
West Cork Connect had also hoped to launch a Bantry to Cork city route this year, with the route mapped out via the Cork Airport and the train station to allow passengers to travel further afield.