Essential safety tips for Hemel Hempstead shoppers and commuters using public transport

Advice for people using buses and trains

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 9:14 am
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 9:18 am

With many non-essential retail shops re-opening for business last week, Hertfordshire's bus and train operators are keen for passengers to ensure they travel as safely as possible.

During this phase of lockdown easing, more and more commuters are returning to work and many residents will be visiting the newly re-opened shops, leading to greater numbers using public transport.

In response to safety guidance issued by Central Government, the Intalink Enhanced Partnership - a collaboration between Hertfordshire County Council, bus operators, rail providers and district and borough councils - has issued an essential five-point safety plan for travellers:

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- Try to travel off-peak to avoid busy times

- Keep your distance (two metres) at all times

- Wait for other passengers to get off the bus before you board

- Use contactless payment if you can, or have the exact fare.

- Follow instructions from bus drivers and other staff.

In addition to these five key tips, it was also mandatory from Monday, June 15, for face coverings to be worn by all passengers using public transport.

You will not be permitted to travel if you do not wear a face covering, unless you come within exempt groups, including children under 11, emergency responders and police officers on duty. Click here for a full list here of people who do not have to wear a face covering.For more information, tips and advice about travelling on public transport, visit: www.intalink.org.uk/safertransport.