Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Department For Transport

September 30
11:07 2020

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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 from home where possible
  • 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:

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.

If anyone in your household or support bubble has symptoms of coronavirus you should stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

Areas with local restrictions

Some areas have localised restrictions. You should follow local advice when travelling into, out of and within these areas.

Social distancing

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

Social contact

You must observe social contact rules. When meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not gather in a group of more than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, in England. There is further guidance on meeting with others safely, which includes details of exemptions from this limit, including for larger households and support bubbles.

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 200 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • 200 for the first offence, lowered to 100 if paid within 14 days
  • 400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 6,400

These rules mean that you must not travel in groups of more than 6 people in England, whether you are using public or private transport, unless you are all from the same household or support bubble, or are travelling while undertaking an activity that is exempt under the rules.

When travelling on public transport, aircraft, taxis, private hire vehicles, coaches, ferries or other maritime vessels in England you must not gather with others outside of your group, and should try to keep within your group and distance yourself from others where possible.

There are some activities for which individuals are permitted to travel in groups of more than 6, but only where this travel is reasonably necessary in order to carry out the activity, including:

  • with work, or as part of voluntary or charitable services, for example, transport organised by an employer during the course of your work
  • with registered childcare, education or training, for example, transport organised by schools
  • as part of supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and childrens playgroups, but only where those activities are provided by a registered professional
  • providing support

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