The Coronavirus lockdown is being eased across most parts of the UK & life is slowly getting back to some level of normality. We are seeing the number of people commuting to work increasing, daily although public transport continues to operate on a reduced service. To help people travel to work safely we have put together this guide.
Prior to the pandemic, green travel options such as walking and cycling were always good options. Now, with social distancing guidelines still in place and government guidelines recommending avoiding public transport, walking and cycling are, more than ever, at the forefront of UK Government commuting advice. As well as being ‘good for the environment’, good for people’s wellbeing & cost efficient, you are far less likely to be spreading or catching the virus by travelling this way.
For many, however, walking and cycling are simply not practicable. Asking all these people to drive to work alone is similarly not practical. This portion of a workforce who commute too far to walk or cycle and who don’t have the use of their own vehicle need to be safely transported. For employers and employees alike, it makes sense and increases safety of both individuals and the whole staff to have employees traveling together in known, tested contact groups rather than unknown, untested bus or train crowds.
Public transport, even when strict measures are in place, implies getting in close proximity with a number of different people. Since social distancing is key to fighting the pandemic, avoiding public transport is crucial for staying safe. Car sharing is a good alternative as you choose who you travel with.
Governments around the world are recommending reducing social contacts, which makes ridesharing in closed communities much safer than public transport. You’ll be travelling with people who you already share a workplace with.
Sanitisation is another key factor in protecting yourself against the pandemic. As a driver, you control how clean your car is. You can cooperate with your passengers to follow government instructions. As a team, you can decide to measure your temperature before heading off, wear face masks, gloves, etc.
The UK government issued a set of guidelines you should follow to stay safe while car sharing:
For the full list of guidelines on how to travel safely during the Covid-19 outbreak, please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers