Ready When You're Ready
On Monday 5th July the Prime Minister indicated the removal of social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport from the 19th July, as part of the last steps to the easing of restrictions.
Whilst guidance from Central Government recommends wearing of face coverings when indoors and in close proximity to lots of people, including on public transport, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Transport Operators in the West Midlands will expect you to continue to act responsibly and continue to wear a face covering unless exempt.
TfWM will work with transport operators across the region to implement this new guidance and these expectations.
Plan ahead of your journey
Thank you to the millions of passengers who have followed guidance over the past 18 months to protect others.
The West Midlands is Open for Business, and the network is ready to take you where you’re going. #ReadyWhenYouAre
If you can, walk or cycle for short journeys. When using public transport, remember to:
- Plan ahead and travel safely and avoid peak travel times if you have a choice.
- We expect you to continue to wear a face covering across all modes of public transport.
- As restrictions ease, guidance remains in place from the Government. Many customers will still want to wear a face covering to feel more comfortable around others. There are still vulnerable people within our communities, on and off public transport, so please respect others and let’s travel together safely.
- As restrictions ease, transport services and roads are likely to be busier so please plan ahead.
- Public transport continues to be available for anyone to use.
- Planning ahead check list:
- Find out when is the best time to travel
- Plan your journey and check your route and ticket options
- Follow us on social to stay up to date
- Sign up for disruption alerts to keep moving
- Grab a face covering, in case you need it
- And go
- Keep active. Cycling and walking are great ways to travel for short journeys and to keep healthy.
- Plan ahead and think about travelling at different times, walking or cycling.
What we are doing:
Your safety is our priority.
- We have stepped up cleaning on our buses, trains and trams, as well as at our stations and facilities across the network to help keep you and our staff safe.
Buses, trains and trams are running a near-normal timetable.
The Safer Travel Partnership is enforcing the use of face coverings.
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please do not travel and follow the latest government guidance on testing and self-isolation.
- If you sneeze or cough please use a tissue and bin this as soon as you can.
- Travel with hand sanitiser where possible in order to protect yourself and others whilst you are travelling
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