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Coronavirus: Travel information and advice

Updated: 12pm Friday 31 July

New Greater Manchester local coronavirus restrictions

Increased rates of coronavirus infection have been identified in parts of Greater Manchester. The government and our local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.

From Friday 31 July 2020, if you live anywhere in Greater Manchester you should follow new local rules when meeting people who you don’t live with.

You should not meet people you don’t live with inside a private home or garden; visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of Greater Manchester or other affected areas; or socialise with people you don’t live with in other indoor public venues, such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

Greater Manchester covers the council areas of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

For further information on these local restrictions, visit the government’s North West of England local coronavirus restrictions page.

Travel guidance

Travel advice for people in Greater Manchester hasn’t changed as a result of the introduction of new local restrictions. But it’s just as important as ever to help keep yourself and everyone safe when you’re outside the home by thinking about how and when you travel and following safety guidance.

You can use public transport but please consider active travel options such as cycling and walking.

Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journeys, avoid the busiest times and routes if you can and be patient when travelling.

You must wear a face covering when using the public transport network, including at transport hubs and interchanges, unless you are exempt. If you don’t, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £100. Read our face coverings guidance.

Keep your distance from others, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment.

If you are using public transport, TfGM and public transport operators have put more measures in place to help you travel safely, including enhanced cleaning, extra services and passenger information and signage.

You can sign up for TfGM travel updates  here.

For accessibility information related to coronavirus, click here.


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