The latest travel advice during lockdown

Transport bosses have issued guidance on travelling, including how public transport will be running, during the lockdown which has been imposed in England. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new set of national restrictions which are now in force in a televised address to the nation on Monday evening (4 January), as a result of coronavirus cases continuing to rise rapidly. 

People must not leave home except for legally permitted reasons, such as work (where you cannot work from home), education, medical appointments, caring responsibilities, essential shopping, worship or private prayer, or outdoor exercise once a day. 

In terms of travel, people must not leave or enter the Greater Manchester region except for the aforementioned reasons. 

Anyone who needs to travel is being strongly urged to stay local, reduce the number of journeys made, and walk or cycle if possible. 

Meanwhile, Transport for Greater Manchester say services on public transport - including buses and trams - will continue to operate as currently scheduled but this will be reviewed throughout the lockdown period, which is set to last until at least the middle of February. 

TfGM bosses are reminding anyone needing to use public transport that they must wear a face covering unless exempt and should follow the other safety guidelines - such as keeping distance from other passengers, cleaning hands frequently and using contactless payment where possible.   

They add that people should also plan ahead, allow extra time for journeys and consider using quieter routes. TfGM's local travel information page details when the best times to travel are. 

TfGM Customer Director Stephen Rhodes said: "I know that this isn’t how we wanted to start 2021, but please keep doing your bit to keep yourself and others safe and protect our NHS by following the government guidance. Take care and stay safe."

Keep up to date with all the latest local and national developments here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/daily-coronavirus-updates/

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