Coronavirus News in Brief 11th June 2020

1.   Top Tips for travelling on public transport 

GWR has produced an animated guide with their top 10 tips for travelling with them, covering all stages of the journey, from before customers leave their homes, to arriving at their stations and travelling on board their trains [link].

Unfortunately, we are not sure where you can get the guide in accessible formats but we have written to GWR asking for this information, and will let you know once we get an answer.

2.   Masks on public transport

From 15th June 2020 you can only travel on public transport is you are wearing a face mask.  So, don’t forget to take one with you, whether you are catching a bus, a train or other public transport. 

Although you can travel without it, we recommend you take hand sanitiser with you too.

3.   Shops re-opening

All shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June.  This covers high street sellers and department stores, including book shops, electronics shops, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys. 

This doesn’t include hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector (cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants etc), which will remain closed, because the risk of getting COVID-19 is higher where long periods of person-to-person contact is needed [link].

4.   New powers for councils

The Department for Transport (DfT) has given local councils new powers to use CCTV to issue fines to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk of a serious accident [link]. 

The Government say this measure will help get more cyclists on the road and reduce pressure on the public transport system.

Now they need to go further and give councils the power to do the same about parking on pavements!

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