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You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

For the latest government travel advice visit the Government website.

You should minimise travel where possible. This means you should:

  • avoid making unnecessary trips
  • combine trips where possible

You can stay overnight in England in self-contained accommodation and with members of your own household. International holidays must not be taken.

If you need to travel:

  • walk or cycle where possible
  • avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble
  • plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
  • regularly wash or sanitise your hands
  • wear a face covering on public transport, unless exempt
  • stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
  • check timetables: some operators have changed their services.

For more information read our guidance for planning a safer journey.

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Guidance for planning a safe journey

Consider reducing your journeys by:

  • working from home where possible
  • shopping less frequently and shopping locally

Plan your journey

  • If your journey is necessary, can you travel locally and walk or cycle to your destination? This reduces pressure on public transport, the road network and helps reduce air pollution.
  • You must wear a face covering while using public transport and in transport hubs, unless you are exempt. Check with travel operators as revised routes and timetables are operational. Further advice on travelling on public transport can be found in our Guidance for using public transport.
  • Consider when you travel to avoid potentially crowded areas and allow time for delays.
  • Think about the best route for your journey with the help of My journey planner. This may be a new route that avoids busy areas.
  • Wash and sanitise your hands before you travel.
  • Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.

During your journey

  • Keep a distance of two metres where possible. If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible and take suitable precautions.
  • You must wear a face covering while using public transport unless you are exempt. If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • If using public transport use contactless payment where possible.

Completing your journey

  • Cycle or walk from public transport where possible.
  • If you need to use a taxi or public hire vehicle you must wear a face covering and follow the instructions of the driver. Please be aware the driver is strongly advised to wear a face covering during your journey.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible when you reach your destination. Do the same for children within your care if they have travelled with you.

Read the government’s safer travel guide which will help you understand the rules and guidance around travelling during the pandemic.

Walk and Cycle

More space has been created for people to socially distance whilst they run, walk and cycle by closing some roads to motor vehicles. You may choose to travel along these roads depending where you are traveling to, they include:

  • Charlotte Street – from Landport View to Cascades Approach – view this road closure on a map
  • Guildhall Walk – from the junction of Alec Rose Lane to the junction of Spring Gardens – view this road closure on a map
  • Canal Walk – from Bridgeside Close/Somers Road junction
  • Castle Road – from Hambrook Street to Regent Place
  • Palmerston Road South – from Villiers Road to Osborne Road

Guidance for using public transport

Plan your journey to avoid peak times and busy routes. Check operator timetables as services may have changed.

For the latest information, visit the transport operator’s Twitter account:

Further guidance

  • Help keep yourself, other passengers and transport staff safe by following transport operators instructions.
  • You must wear a face covering while using public transport and in transport hubs, unless you are exempt.
  • Wait for passengers to get off first before you board.
  • Keep two metres apart, where possible, including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside stations. If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible and take suitable precautions.
  • Be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit at stations.
  • Travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow.
  • Wait for the next service if you cannot safely keep your distance on board a ferry, train, bus or coach.
  • Respect other people’s space while travelling.
  • Avoid consuming food and drink on public transport, where possible.
  • Be aware of pregnant, older and disabled people who may require a seat or extra space.
  • Be aware that some individuals may have hidden disabilities.
  • Avoid loud talking, shouting or singing
  • Dispose of waste safely, including items such as used disposable face coverings

Further government information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak. If you work in the transport sector you can find guidance here for the use of face coverings.