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Transport options: Getting out and about safely

23 Jul 2020

A message from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on getting around our region

Travelling on public transport

It's really important for people who are going to work, shopping or going out for a social occasion to think about how they are going to travel. Consider other options ahead of using public transport, including cycling and walking where possible, or taxis in the evenings, or when travelling home late from work.

If you need to use public transport, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journeys and be patient when travelling. Help keep yourself and everyone safe when you’re travelling and always remember to follow the safety guidance. 

You must take a face covering with you and wear it on public transport, unless you are exempt – if you don’t, police and transport staff may prevent you from travelling, by stopping you boarding or asking you to leave a service. You may also end up with a fine.

Also keep a safe distance apart from other travellers, clean your hands often and use contactless payment, or the exact change where possible.

It’s worth remembering that if you see someone travelling without a face covering, they may be exempt, so bear this in mind and be respectful of other passengers.

Exemptions include children under the age of 11, anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one, transport staff and emergency services. TfGM has produced a Journey Assist card for those exempt from wearing face coverings which is available from their customer team – please call 0161 244 1000 for more info.