Covid: New Government travel guidance starts from Monday 29 March

A Metro train
25 March 2021

New guidelines for public transport users come into effect from today, Monday March 29, as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The Government’s instruction to stay at home and only travel if a journey is essential has ended, and people are being advised to minimise the number of journeys that they make on all modes of public transport.

Severe restrictions on travel and activities have been in place across the UK since the country went into a third national lockdown in early January. 

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said that its network was fully covid-secure and safe to use. 

Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “A fully covid-secure transport system is in place for when people need to use it. Passengers can have the confidence to make safe journeys on local bus, Metro and rail services.

“The legal requirement to stay at home ended from Monday 29 March, but the Government is still asking people to minimise travel wherever this is possible.

“This is the latest step on the roadmap out of lockdown and we expect to see passenger numbers rise as measures ease further over the coming weeks and months.

“On Metro we have put in place a range of covid-secure features as we look to build back from the pandemic.   

“These measures 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.

“People must continue to wear a face covering when travelling, unless exempt, and should continue to follow floor and wall markings in order to maintain social distancing. Travel outside of peak periods where possible.”

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