Bringing Employees Back to Work
The UK Government have published a “Safer Travel for Passengers – Easy Read Guide”
See Transport for London’s flexible travel and fares system which shows that travel into Zone 1 after 09:30 is charged as an off-peak fare, even during the afternoon and evening peak, so you can travel into London later for less.
Transport for London’s guidance for employers and employees
Face coverings will remain compulsory on TfL public transport from 19 July, even after government lifts restrictions in step 4. They are considered a simple and effective way to reduce transmissions, and the mayor wants the public to be reassured about travelling on the network.
- Keeping customers safe on the transport network
- Testing our enhanced cleaning regime and ventilation systems
- How you can support your team by encouraging travel at quieter times
Videos around our theme “safe and clean (COVID-19)”:
Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak
Walking and cycling are the preferred methods of travel during coronavirus. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive. Before and during each journey, check with transport operators for the latest travel advice on routes:
Travel may take longer than normal on some routes due to social distancing measures. Allow more time if journeys involve changes between different forms of transport.
Employees should not travel at all, if they:
- are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms
- are clinically extremely vulnerable and live in an area where additional public health measures mean you have been advised to resume shielding
- have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate – find out how the NHS Test and Trace works
Staff with symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms started. Staff not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.
Staff who have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day symptoms developed.
Travelling for work
Objective: To avoid unnecessary work travel and keep people safe when they do need to travel between locations.
Steps that will usually be needed:
- Walking or cycling where possible. When not possible, you can use public transport or drive. You must wear a face covering when using public transport.
- Minimising the number of people travelling together in any one vehicle, increasing ventilation when possible and avoiding sitting face-to-face..
- Cleaning shared vehicles between shifts or on handover.
- Where workers are required to stay away from their home, centrally logging the stay and making sure any overnight accommodation meets social distancing guidelines.
Fitzrovia Cycle Parking Map
See our Fitzrovia Cycle Parking Map – the Fitzrovia cycle parking map locates all the parking stations around Fitzrovia, as well as cycles for hire and dockless cycle bays, so cyclists can always locate a spot to park nearby whilst at work in the area and to enjoy Fitzrovia’s attractions and amenities.
- wear a face covering at all times on public transport unless you are exempt
- 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. Download the TfL Go app: https://tfl.gov.uk/maps_/tfl-go
TfL Go app
The TfL Go app now includes real-time updates on tube crowdedness at platforms and interchanges. As numbers increase on the tube, about 60% of pre-pandemic levels of users are back, customers can check how busy their route is and travel at less busier
times. Available on both iOS and Android
Taxis and private hire vehicles
- wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering..
- Follow the advice of the driver.
- Use contactless payment if possible, or find out if payment can be made online in advance.
- Be aware of the surfaces touched. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- When finishing journeys, wash hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise hands as soon as possible.
International travel exemption for business leaders
- For international travel, some business leaders will now be given quarantine exemption to be able to attend meetings in person, if arriving in the UK from an amber country.
- With obtaining written permission in advance from the government, and having several negative tests, they will be able to leave quarantine early on arrival.
- This is only under exceptional circumstances and the traveller must be bringing significant economic benefit or investment and must prove their work will benefit an existing UK business.
- This has been implemented by government due to concerns that the UK has been missing out on vital business opportunities.
Travel Check List
Plan your journey
- can I walk or cycle to my destination?
- have I checked the latest travel advice from my transport operator?
- have I booked my travel ticket online, bought a pass or checked if contactless payment is possible?
- have I planned my journey to minimise crowded areas and allow for delays?
- am I taking the most direct route to my destination?
What to take with you
- a face covering -for longer journeys, take more than one face covering and a plastic bag for used face coverings
- a plan for the journey
- tickets, contactless payment card or pass
- phone, if needed for travel updates, tickets, contactless payments
- hand sanitiser
- essential medicines
Deliveries to other sites
Objective: To help workers delivering to other sites such as branches, or suppliers’ or customers’ premises to maintain social distancing and hygiene practices.
Steps that will usually be needed:
- Putting in place procedures to minimise person-to-person contact during deliveries to other sites.
- Maintaining consistent pairing where 2-person deliveries are required.
- Minimising contact during payments and exchange of documentation, for example, by using electronic payment methods and electronically signed and exchanged documents.