Commuting after lockdown: wear a mask, cycle if you can and leave big bags behind

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COMMUTERS should wear a mask, cycle if they can and leave big bags at home as Britain’s lockdown is slowly eased.

Workers who cannot do their job from home have been given the green light to head back to the office, but must keep themselves and others safe from the virus.

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People sticking to the queuing system at Stratford station this morning, with many in masks[/caption]

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Brits have been asked to cycle instead of using public transport[/caption]

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.

If you do need to get on the bus, train or Tube, you need to wear a mask or face covering and keep two metres from other travellers.

It is not legally required that commuters wear a face covering, but the Government now urges anyone in shops or on public transport to use one.

To cut down any chance of overcrowding, employers should be able to offer more flexible start times to try and avoid everyone piling onto public transport at rush hour.

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.

Using contactless payment wherever you can reduces the risk of contracting any germs, and only take what you really need with you so you don’t have to lug about a big bag.

Take note of any signs directing where you should and shouldn’t sit, and stick to them, while trying not to touch any surfaces you don’t have to. If you do, do not touch your face and wash or sanitise your hands as soon as you can.

Stay safe while commuting:

  • Keep two metres apart from others wherever possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Use contactless payment where possible
  • Avoid rush hour travel where feasible
  • Wash or sanitise your hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • Follow advice from staff and be considerate to others

It is wise to plan your journey in advance so you know the route well and don’t have to spend any longer on public transport or in a more crowded area than you need to.

If you are driving to and from work, be aware there are likely to be more cyclists and pedestrians about.

And anyone who needs to use airports will need to be aware of mask rules in certain spots, after three British airports now require all passengers to cover their faces.

Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports have decided to impose the conditions, and some airlines are also planning to introduce this as a rule.

But while lockdown is slowly easing the rules still state that if you do not need to leave home to work, or leave home at all, then you shouldn’t.

Brits are now able to exercise as much as they wish outdoors, while only with members of their households still and keeping socially distanced.

From tomorrow lockdown weary Brits will be able to meet up with one other person from outside their household – keeping two metres from each other outdoors – as the country continues to battle the virus.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Transport operators and staff have been working hard to ensure that people who need to get to work are able to do so, including crucial NHS workers and all those on the frontline of the fight against the virus.

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“Alongside the cycling and walking revolution we are launching, and clear guidance to passengers and operators published today, we can all play our part by following the advice and reducing pressure on public transport.

“If we take these steps, all those who need to use public transport should feel confident that they can do.”

Britain’s real coronavirus death toll has passed 40,000, concerning new analysis suggests. 

There were 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales up to May 1, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

It comes as yesterday ministers revealed a fresh five-step plan to try and keep all workplaces safe from coronavirus. 

Kids could be sent to different schools and class sizes cut in half under plan to exit lockdown, it was revealed yesterday.


And all school kids in England will be sent back to class for a month before the summer holidays.

Class sizes will be slashed to no more than 15, and pupils sat apart to try to limit any spread of coronavirus.

And No10 revealed that parents who refuse to send their kids back to class will not be slapped with the usual £60 fines for non-attendance.

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People will be asked to wear face coverings and keep their distance on public transport[/caption]

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People have been urged to wear face coverings while on public transport[/caption]