Covid: Key travel advice remains in place after Government pauses unlocking

A Metro station cube
14 June 2021

Public transport users will need to continue following covid-secure measures, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that further unlocking has been paused until July 19.

Passengers are advised to travel safely and follow the key guidelines when making a journey, which includes social distancing and the wearing of face coverings unless exempt.

The Government’s advice to minimise travel ended on May 17 and has not been implemented again as part of this pause in stage four of their roadmap out of lockdown, which has now been moved back from Monday June 21 to Monday 19 July.

Key travel advice: 

•    Plan ahead and travel safely 
•    Check before you travel
•    Sanitise your hands
•    Wear a face covering unless exempt - and keep your distance where possible.  
•    On your journey - open a window to increase ventilation, where possible

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that the network was fully covid-secure and remains safe to welcome passengers when they need to use it.

Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “Public transport is fully covid-secure and people should have the confidence to keep on using it when they need it for work and for leisure

“The Government has paused the latest step four out of lockdown, so when you do travel then you will still need to follow the key advice in order to travel safely.

“This includes the mandatory wearing of face coverings, unless you are exempt, social distancing where possible, planning journeys, and ensuring there is a good flow of fresh air where possible.

“If we all stick with the guidelines then we can continue to play our part in seeing off this public health emergency and hopefully the end of all covid restrictions on 19 July.”

Covid secure measures on the transport network include signage and queueing systems, extra deep cleaning on a daily basis with disinfectant, the use of a specialist anti-microbial spray to protect high touch surfaces for 28 days, UV light sanitisers on escalators, and hand sanitiser points at key locations.

Customers are advised to keep the Metro train windows open to allow fresh air into the carriages.

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