BRITS are set to pour onto the roads and public transport today as lockdown tweaks begin this morning.
Many people unable to work from home are heading back to the office after weeks of coronavirus lockdown.
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Traffic has already built up on the A102 near Greenwich as the slight change in restrictions sees people back on the roads[/caption]
Commuters are getting back on the Tube this morning as they head in to work[/caption]
Britain is set to look noticeably busier today as some restrictions are lifted[/caption]
While many of the pandemic restrictions are still in place – the Prime Minister gave workers unable to to their job from home the green light to get going again today.
He urged people to not use public transport unless they have to – instead suggesting they get on a bike or walk to work.
But Tubes and trains are set to be noticeably busier than they have been in the last few weeks as Britain gets moving.
The A102 at Greenwich, South East London, has already got queues of vehicles building up this morning, and workers have been piling onto the London Underground.
Among the slight changes to the rules is a relaxing of outdoors exercise restrictions – with cooped up Brits allowed to exercise as much as they want each day.
Social distancing remains in place and only certain sports are allowed to be played within household groups.
It is still not allowed to meet up with a group of pals in the park for a kickabout, but those living together can play tennis and sit down in a park.
Pals and family members not living together are finally allowed to meet face-to-face from today – but still must not hug and need to remain two metres apart.
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Anyone who doesn’t absolutely have to take public transport shouldn’t – walk, run or cycle your way to work instead, keeping a safe distance from others, new guidance from the Government says. But it adds if you do have to get on it, then try and face away from other people if you possibly can.
Speaking yesterday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We continue to ask people to only go to work if they cannot do their jobs from home, that’s because even as transport begins to revert to a full service, the two-metre distancing rule will only leave effective capacity for one in ten passengers overall.
“One in ten. Therefore, it’s crucial that we protect our network by minimising the pressures placed upon it and ensure it’s ready to serve those who most need it.”
If you go on public transport you should wear a mask or face covering and keep two metres from other travellers, it advises.
It is not legally required that commuters do so, but the Government now urges anyone in shops or on public transport to use one if they can’t stay apart from others.
To cut down any chance of overcrowding, it is also recommended employers should be able to offer more flexible start times to try and avoid everyone piling onto public transport at rush hour.
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This will help reduce the crowds and keep travelling as safe as possible – as normal services have not yet resumed and are still reduced.
Wash your hands as soon as you can after travelling anywhere, and before you head out of the front door. If you see hand sanitising stations anywhere, use them, the guidance says.