Department For Transport
Safer travel easy read guide
Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak
You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive. You can also help control coronavirus by:
- working safely - this may be working from home, or within the workplace if COVID-secure guidelines are followed closely
- observing social contact rules
- washing or sanitising your hands regularly
- keeping your distance when you travel, where possible
- avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
You should not travel at all if you:
- are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms
- are clinically extremely vulnerable and live in an area where additional public health measures mean you have been advised to resume shielding
- have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate find out how the NHS Test and Trace works
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus you should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.
If you have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, you should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day you develop symptoms.
Areas with local restrictions
Some areas have localised restrictions. You should follow local advice when travelling into, out of and within these areas.
You should maintain a 2 metre distance where possible, because the risk of transmission is small at this distance.
If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.
Help keep yourself, other passengers and transport staff safe, by taking the following precautions:
- limit the number of people or households that you come into contact with, for example by avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
- wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- use a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs
- avoid touching your face
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- touch as few surfaces as possible
- stay outdoors, rather than indoors, where possible
- minimise the time spent close to other people, where possible
- avoid loud talking, shouting or singing
- dispose of waste safely, including items such as used disposable face coverings
A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth. Surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment (PPE) should continue to be reserved for people who need to wear them at work.
Face coverings are not a substitute for maintaining social distancing and good hand hygiene.
Where you must wear face coverings
It is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport. Such as, on a:
- bus or coach
- train or tram
- ferry or hovercraft or other vessel
- cable car
You must also wear a face covering in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs from which passenger services operate. Such as:
- rail stations and terminals
- the Channel Tunnel terminal in Kent
- ports and terminals
- bus, coach and tram stations and terminals
You must also wear a face covering in other indoor settings.
If you do not wear a face covering in these settings you will be breaking the law and could be fined. The fine for a first offence is 100, or 50 if you pay the fine within 14 days.
Repeat offenders receiving fines either on public transport or in an indoor place will have their fines doubled on each subsequent offence up to a maximum value of 3,200. After the first offence, there will be no discount. As an example, receiving a second fine will amount to 200 and a third fine will be 400. A sixth fine and all subsequent fines will be 3,200.
These laws apply while you are in England. If travelling from any other UK nation, you will be required to wear a face covering when you enter England, rega