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As of part of temporary government measures to slow the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport and shops from Tuesday 30 November. For more information about the Omicron variant, visit the government’s website.

You must wear a face covering on all public transport, including Metrolink stops and trams, at bus stations and interchanges and onboard services unless you’re exempt. Staff will be on hand to provide face coverings at key transport interchanges.

Covid infection rates are still high in Greater Manchester, and during the winter months people are more prone to catching colds and the flu. Help keep yourself and others safe by thinking about how you travel and following the latest safety guidance.

Services are busier than they have been for some time, so please be patient, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and be considerate of other passengers.

If you can, try travelling outside the busiest times of the day, when services are likely to be quieter and there’s more space available. Metrolink customers can use our quietest times to travel page to help them plan their journey.

Keeping your hands clean when travelling helps limit the spread of viruses, so wash or sanitise your hands before, during and after your journeys. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers at our bus stations and interchanges and across the Metrolink network, but it’s always a good idea to carry your own as well if possible - and wash your hands at the start and end of each journey.

Ventilation also helps limit the spread of the virus, so where possible keep windows open to maintain a fresh air flow.

Your safety is our priority, and TfGM and public transport operators have put more measures in place to help you travel safely, including enhanced cleaning with anti-viral products.

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