New guide on how to travel safely on public transport across Greater Manchester

Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives, including how we travel.

This week government published a new guide to help people understand if and when they should travel – and how to do so safely during the coronavirus outbreak in England.

The guide gives advice for walking, cycling, driving and travelling on public transport.

The Government’s latest advice is that you should stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, stay local and only travel if it is necessary.

If you do have to travel, walk, cycle or drive if you can and continue to avoid public transport unless you have no other option – leave it for those with no alternative.

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.

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