The latest advice on using public transport

Transport bosses have reiterated the guidance on what passengers should now be doing when making essential journeys on public transport.

From Wednesday (13 May), the government began to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, with people who cannot work from home being encouraged to return to the workplace providing it is safe to do so. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that people should only use public transport when travelling to and from work if it is absolutely necessary - and you cannot drive, cycle or walk instead. 

The government has also published a new guide to help people understand if and when they should travel - and how to do so safely.  

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has issued the following advice to help people who have no alternative but to use public transport. 

Customer Director Stephen Rhodes said: "Increased walking and cycling will be essential to reduce pressure on our roads and public transport networks so please do consider this as one of your options.

"If you have to use public transport, please help to keep yourself and others safe:

  • Wear a face covering when you travel
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres where possible on platforms, stops, stations and interchanges and while travelling on trams, trains and buses
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly – including before and after you travel – and carry a hand sanitiser with you if possible
  • Pay using contactless, apps or buy your tickets online if you can

"Please be aware that a face covering is not the same as a surgical mask or respirator, these should be left for health and social care staff and other key workers who need them to protect against risks in their workplace 

"A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Government has published an online guide on wearing and making a face covering.

"Where possible people using public transport should also look to travel outside of peak times in the morning and evening and leave extra time for journeys. Also make sure you check timetables before you travel.

"If you are an employer or employee about to return to a workplace which has recently reopened, TfGM has produced a factsheet with further information to support you. 

"For the latest updates on services, timetables and safety advice, visit the TfGM coronavirus webpage.

"Please share this message with your friends, family and colleagues, and we’ll continue to keep you updated." 

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