daily update from John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK

From today, 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors.
Now these rules are in place, you will:
• Need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
• Not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’).

You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and you were there for 14 days or more.

Some travellers, including some specific workers, will be exempt from new English border rules. These workers may need to show a letter from their company or the company they are coming to work for at the border. More details are available here .

Exemption guidance template letter for specific travellers

The government has published exemption guidance through this template exemption letter .

Face coverings on public transport

From 15 June, travellers on public transport in England, including buses, trains and aircraft passengers, must, with some very limited exemptions, wear mouth and nose coverings. This will coincide with the re-opening of ‘non-essential retail’.

Other than public transport workers, the responsibility for (and cost of) providing coverings will be on the passengers. There is no requirement for a particular type or standard of face mask; indeed, the government asks passengers to not use medical standard ones.

Advice to employers on public transport use

The Rail Delivery Group has recently issued guidance for employers on train journeys. It asks for support in reducing the number of journeys taken, suggests booking tickets in advance and asks passengers to carry and use hand sanitiser.

Details will shortly be announced of a new online system for showing in real-time which trains are more, or less, busy. In line with the recent announcement on mandatory face coverings (above), the Rail Delivery Group will be issuing updated guidance which will be advised when available.

At this week’s Coffee Break we welcome Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East, to join us to talk about problems they have encountered surrounding operating a service during the pandemic and now the requirement for passengers to wear face masks. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as share your own experiences.

Please register here to attend.


The Chamber will continue to share important updates relating to
COVID-19 and useful information via newsletters,
website and social media channels .

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