Coronavirus Update 27th May 2020

Latest Coronavirus Update for Bristol (27th May 2020)



All Bristol licensed vehicles have been asked to follow these guidelines: 

  1. Only work if you are not putting anyone at risk.
  2. Ask new customers if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 before you agree to carry them.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces likely to be touched, with disinfectant or alcohol hand gel before starting your shift and after each and every journey.
  4. Clean the vehicle thoroughly between shifts.
  5. Carry a suitable alcohol based hand gel and/or wipes.
  6. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  7. Provide a suitable alcohol based hand gel for customer use prior to entry into the vehicle.
  8. Avoid touching your face, and if you have to cough or sneeze use a tissue.
  9. Provide plastic bags for customers.
  10. If carrying more than one customer, ensure they are from the same household.   
  11. If passengers are not from the same household you must only carry one passenger and refuse to carry the remaining passengers.
  12. Increase ventilation by keeping windows open where possible.
  13. Always wash your hands or use sanitizing gel.
  14. Wear a face covering as a safety measure.
  15. If your vehicle breaks down, you and your customers should get out of the vehicles if safe to do so and stay two metres apart pending recovery or another car arriving to complete the journey.
  16. Consider getting contactless/card payment facilities.
  17. Ask customers to sit facing away from you if possible, and avoid physical contact with a customer.
  18. Where it is not possible for customers to sit away, request they sit in the rear passenger seat behind the front passenger seat.
  19. Passengers with accessibility requirements: drivers are still under the same legal obligation to provide reasonable assistance to passengers who may require it.

“It is crucial that we do all we can to protect both taxi drivers and their passengers in this crisis, and so I welcome these guidelines which are designed to do that in Bristol.  Taxis are also the only public transport available to many Disabled and older people and I am really pleased that, in Bristol, we are doing what we can to make them as safe as possible.”

Councillor Ruth Pickersgill, chairperson of Bristol City Council’s Public Safety and Protection Committee

Recycling centres

Recycling centres are now open 8.45am – 6.45pm.

Coronavirus rules for using the recycling centres:

  • Only one person out of car or small van (no transit vans or trailers) at a time unless two are necessary.
  • Licence plates with last number 0,2,4,6,8 can visit on Thursday 28 May and 30 May.
  • Licence plates with last number 1,3,5,7,9 can visit on Friday 29 May and 31 May.
  • Take photo ID and proof of residency in Bristol (utility/council tax bill).


  1. All non-essential sellers – from department stores to small independent shops – can reopen in England from 15 June, if they put in place social distancing measures.
  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, if they are “Covid secure”.

But the government has said these dates could change if the number of people catching coronavirus increases.

Garden centres have already reopened in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  DIY chains – some of which stayed open throughout the lockdown – have also reopened many of their shops.

What about hairdressers, pubs and cafes?

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, cinemas and places of worship will open from 4 July at the earliest, as long as they can meet social distancing measures.

However, indoor public spaces such as beauty salons, where social distancing may be difficult, could reopen ”significantly later”, depending on when the rate of infection goes down.

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