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How to stay safe on public transport

When heading out to jump on the Metro, or to catch the bus, help protect yourself, family, friends and fellow passengers from Covid with these helpful tips from regional travel operators.

Do not travel if you:

  • Have Covid symptoms. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance.
  • Have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate.
  • Are self-isolating as a result of Covid symptoms or are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms.

Plan ahead:

What to pack:

  • A mask/face covering to wear in crowded areas such as public transport
  • Travel tickets, pass, contactless payment card
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Medicines
  • Disposable tissues

While travelling:

  • Please wear a mask/face covering, unless exempt.
  • Be patient and follow onboard guidance.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently.
  • Open a window to increase ventilation.
  • Only touch surfaces where required for safe travel.
  • Use a quieter station or stop.
  • Keep changes to a minimum (e.g. between bus and Metro).
  • Be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit at stations
  • Wait for passengers to get off first before boarding.
  • Avoid eating or drinking, where possible.
  • Be aware of pregnant, older and disabled people who may require a seat or extra space.
  • Treat transport staff with respect.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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