Sara’s Blog: Businesses and Services re-opening

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Although there is a long way to go in the current pandemic and lockdown situation, last week started to see the easing of restrictions with more and more businesses and services re-opening.

I personally feel there is confusion surrounding government advice, for example in encouraging those who can return to work to do so whilst advising against all but essential travel.

Today we are seeing crowd-control measures being put in at some stations, preventing passengers from boarding a train or entering a platform if there are already too many people. Measures such as booking time slots for travelling by train are also being considered – and its best to book online.

A lot of the potential risk of infection on trains and buses depends on how crowded they are and how far away you can keep from other people. This applies both on the vehicles and at stops and stations and will vary in different parts of the country and on different routes.

Ventilation also plays an important role as fresh air can help droplets containing the virus dissipate faster, so being able to open a window can be an advantage.
Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales small droplets packed with the virus into the air. These droplets can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth, either directly or after touching a contaminated object.

If you can’t walk, cycle or drive to their destination, then you are advised to travel at off-peak times; take a less busy route and reduce the number of changes; wait for other passengers to get off before boarding; keep two metres away from people where possible and wash your hands as soon as possible after completing the journey.

Big issues already and we still have millions of employees furloughed and only a fraction of business open.

Do you have concerns around travel to work on public transport or other issues around the return to work? Then please let us know by emailing

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