Transport bosses have outlined what the new rules around travelling are now that Greater Manchester is subject to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions and the 'Very High' Covid alert level.
From Friday 23 October, if you live in Greater Manchester - which includes Tameside and Oldham - you should NOT travel out of the area unless your journey is essential. The same applies to those living outside Greater Manchester who are looking to travel into the area.
Essential journeys include those for work, education, medical reasons, to access youth services, for caring responsibilities, or as part of a longer journey.
People should think about how and when they travel and aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. This includes working from home if you are able to do so.
You can use public transport, but space is limited due to social distancing so people are asked to consider cycling or walking if they can.
If you do need to use public transport, you should plan your journey and consider travelling outside the busy morning and afternoon peak times, and using quieter routes.
Transport for Greater Manchester is also encouraging people to download the NHS COVID-19 app before travelling and check-in where you see the official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.
When using public transport, people should do the following:
- Wear a face covering, including at transport hubs and interchanges, and in taxis and private hire vehicles, unless you are exempt. If you don’t, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £200.
- Keeping your distance from other passengers where possible.
- Cleaning your hands frequently and carrying hand sanitiser with you.
- Using contactless payment if you can.
There are also measures in place including installing hand sanitiser dispensers at interchanges and station, and regularly disinfecting vehicles, stops, stations and interchanges with hospital-grade, antiviral cleaners.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, government Tier 3 guidance is that you should stay at home as much as possible and avoid all but essential travel. And students must not move back and forth between their permanent home and student home during term time – subject to limited exemptions.
The local Covid alert level will be kept under regular review.
Keep up to date with all the latest local and national developments here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/daily-coronavirus-updates/.