Covid-19: Travel rules under the Government’s new national lockdown measures

A Metro train
4 January 2021

Public transport services will continue to operate for key workers following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new national lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

People are advised to stay at home and should not travel unless it is essential. 

The Tyne and Wear Metro will continue to operate to all destinations, but the Government has told people stay at home, except for specific reasons, including essential shopping, to work, if you cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical help, and to escape domestic abuse.

Click here for the Government lockdown rules.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that people should adhere to the new restrictions, and anyone who does have to travel must wear a face covering unless exempt.

Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, Martin Kearney, said: “These are tough new restrictions that will limit travel on local transport services and we expect people to follow these rules in order to prevent the rising spread of Covid-19.

“The Prime Minister has said how important public transport is for key workers to get around, and Metro will remain in operation but it is absolutely clear that people should only use it for the most essential journeys.

“People should only travel if they need to buy basic necessities, for medical need, and to travel to and from work when it is absolutely necessary and you can’t work from home.

“I urge the public to adhere to these new restrictions set down by the Government. Don’t travel if you don’t need to. This is a public health emergency and we have to do all that we can to beat Covid 19.”

Bus companies and Nexus, which operates Metro and the Shields Ferry, already have extensive measures in place to provide a covid-secure experience.  

This includes additional cleaning and anti-microbial treatment, contactless and smart payment, guidance to help people maintain social distancing throughout their journey, sanitiser points at busy stations and interchanges, and apps to help you see when buses and trains are busy.

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Nexus Chief Operating Officer Martin Kearney

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