On Monday night the Government announced that, as a result of Coronavirus cases continuing to rise rapidly, a national lockdown has now been introduced. It’s crucial we all play our part to help reduce the spread of the virus and I want to let you know what these latest restrictions mean for travelling in Greater Manchester.
To help protect the NHS and save lives, you must not leave your home except for legally permitted reasons such as work (where you cannot work from home), education, medical appointments, caring responsibilities, essential shopping, worship or private prayer or outdoor exercise. For a full list of legally permitted reasons for travel, please see Government guidance.
You must not leave or enter the Greater Manchester region except for these reasons. If you do need to travel, please try to stay local, reduce the number of journeys you make, and walk or cycle if you can.
Services on public transport will continue to operate as currently scheduled, although this will be reviewed throughout the lockdown period. If you need to use public transport, you must wear a face covering unless exempt and should follow other safety guidelines – such as keeping your distance from other passengers, cleaning your hands frequently and using contactless payment where possible.
You should also plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and consider using quieter routes. You can check the best times to travel on our local travel information page.
I know that this isn’t how we wanted to start 2021, but please keep doing your bit to keep yourself and others safe and protect our NHS by following the government guidance.