Get back on trains and buses, workers told, as government prepares to ease coronavirus restrictions on public transport
- Boris Johnson told the British public to ‘go back to work if you can’ on Friday
- The UK Government is currently preparing to ease restrictions on public transport
- Current guidance says you should avoid public transport where possible
- But this policy is defined to be changed to encourage people to head back to offices
The UK Government is defined to flake out restrictions on public transport in order to convince the public to work in offices again, according to reports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a ‘go back to work if you can’ rallying cry on Friday in a bid to boost the UK economy following coronavirus crisis.
Current UK lockdown regulations suggest that the public should consider other styles of transport before using means such as trains, buses and trams.
The UK Government is set to ease restrictions on public transport, such as buses, to encourage more people to go back into offices for work
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) issued a ‘go back and work in the event that you can’ rallying cry on Friday in a bid to raise the economy
But, according to the Sunday Telegraph, ministers are searching to change this policy and encourage the use of public transport, with the Department of Transport commencing discussions with transport operators about how precisely commuters can travel safely.
A Whitehall source told the report: ‘It is costing a great deal of money to run all these train services with so few people on them.
‘Different departments are looking at ways to ease in the message of avoiding public transport. The best way to do this, and when, happens to be under discussion.
Current lockdown guidance states that people in britain should avoid public transport where possible, resulting in empty carriages
‘There is some debate about how most readily useful to obtain the message across that the Government wants to allow more people to travel.’
In May, the Government gave Transport for London (TfL) £1.6billion to continue running services in the English capital carrying out a fall in revenue.
At the minute, it is compulsory to wear a face masks on all means on public transport, with police monitoring train carriages and bus journey to find those not obeying these rules.
The easing of restrictions on public transport would be the latest in some relaxations produced by the Government regarding lockdown rules.
It is compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport with police monitoring train carriages to check always whether members of the public are obeying the rules
Earlier this week, outdoor arts performance centres, including theatres, opera, dance and music, were allowed to reopen, while recreational cricket began again on Saturday despite the Prime Minister’s initial fears surrounding the ball being a ‘vector of the disease’.
It was also announced that additional services such as beauticians, indoor gyms and sports facilities are set to reopen again by the finish of the month.
The UK announced that it had suffered another 148 coronavirus-related deaths throughout the nation on Friday afternoon, taking the full total number of fatalities to 44,798.