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How to stay safe on public transport

It is great news that you can now travel outside your local area. To ensure the North East eases out of lockdown safely it is vital to continue working from home, where possible, and travel safely by planning your journey in advance.

When heading out to jump on the Metro, or to catch the bus, help protect yourself, family, friends and fellow passengers from Covid with these helpful tips from regional travel operators including Nexus and Go North East.

Thank you if you have received a dose of the vaccine. Please remember to follow the below guidance, even if you have received both doses, as you could still spread Covid to others.

Do not travel if you:

  • Have Covid symptoms. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance.
  • Have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate.
  • Are self-isolating as a result of Covid symptoms or are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms.

Plan ahead:

What to pack:

  • A face covering (and spares for long journeys)
  • Tickets, contactless payment card or pass
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Essential medicines
  • Tissues

While travelling:

  • Travel in groups of 6 or less.
  • Only sit next to a member of your household or bubble.
  • If travelling alone, travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, if possible.
  • Wear face coverings, unless exempt.
  • Be patient and follow onboard guidance.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently.
  • Open a window to increase ventilation.
  • Only touch surfaces where required for safe travel.
  • Minimise the time spent close to other people, where possible.
  • Avoid loud talking, shouting or singing.
  • Use a quieter station or stop.
  • Keep changes to a minimum (e.g. between bus and Metro).
  • Be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit at stations
  • Wait for passengers to get off first before boarding.
  • Wait for the next service if you cannot safely keep 2m on board.
  • Avoid eating or drinking, where possible.
  • Be aware of pregnant, older and disabled people who may require a seat or extra space.
  • Treat transport staff with respect.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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