our top priority is to support workplaces and our partner organisations during this Coronavirus outbreak
We are following the Government’s advice closely regarding Coronavirus.
To protect yourself and others, you must:
- Stay at home if you or anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms (new continuous dry cough, fever or the loss of or a change in your sense of smell or taste) or if you are self-isolating or you are shielding
- Only travel if your journey is essential, for example, for work or shopping
- Consider walking or cycling, if you can, to reduce pressure on the road network and on public transport where capacity will be limited
- Plan your journey and leave additional time due to temporary restrictions or changes to previous timetables or schedules
- Pay for your journey online, use smart ticketing, the operator’s mobile app, or contactless payment, if you can, to reduce cash handling
- Comply with any signage or instructions on public transport or from transport staff as the safety measures in place are for everyone’s benefit
- When travelling on public transport or in a taxi or private hire vehicle or when you are in a bus or railway station, enclosed ferry terminal or airport you must wear a face covering
- When travelling by bus, tram or rail you should, and are expected to, wear a face covering
- Keep yourself and others safe by maintaining the 2 metre physical distance rule
- Where impossible to maintain 2 metre distancing, avoid physical contact and face away from others, keep the time you spend within 2 metres of others as short as possible
- Be considerate of the impact of restrictions on the needs of fellow passengers who may have impairments, disabilities or mobility issues
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after every transport journey.
For the latest updates from the Scottish Government visit gov.scot/coronavirus
For the latest health advice visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
You can go outside to exercise as often as you wish.
Exercise can include:
- cycling – on road and low-risk paths
High risk exercise (that may result in injury and require medical care or emergency services support) should be avoided.
You should try to keep 2 metres away from people. There may be situations where this is not possible, If you come within 2 metres of others, you should avoid physical contact and keep the time you spend within 2 metres of others as short as possible.
You should, and are expected to, wear a face covering when using public transport as a consideration to others. The wearing of a face covering for very young children or those with particular health conditions is not appropriate.
When travelling be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face and remember to cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
You should stay at home if you:
- are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms
- or are shielding.
Before you travel, you should consider if your journey is necessary. This will ensure the transport network can keep running and allows people who need to make essential journeys to travel.
Some examples of necessary travel are:
- to get to and from work, if you cannot work from home
- to get food or medical supplies
- to support someone who is vulnerable, if no-one else can do so
- to attend critical childcare or learning provision, if the child of a key worker, or accompany a child attending critical childcare or learning provision
- where you need to for other reasons, in line with rules on staying at home.
In order to reduce pressure on the road network and the public transport system we would like you to consider walking, wheeling or cycling for all or part of your journey, if you can.
Walking & cycling
Cycle shops are open for repairs during this period.
We advise daily walking and cycling for your health and wellbeing as long as you are not self-isolating, showing symptoms (such as a fever or persistent cough) or in the high risk group.
We also recommend that key workers, who continue to travel to, from and for work, walk and cycle where possible. Find the best offers for frontline staff on bikes, repairs and equipment by visiting sustrans.org.uk/campaigns/cycles-for-key-workers
When walking, wheeling or cycling you should follow the Highway Code to keep everyone safe. In particular:
- only pedestrians – including people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters – should use the pavement.
- cyclists should only cycle on designated cycle lanes, shared paths and roads.
- on shared, non-segregated paths, all users should be considerate of each other. Cyclists should use a bell to warn of their presence but be mindful that a bell may not be sufficient warning to pedestrians with hearing, visual or mobility impairments.
When walking or wheeling you must maintain physical distancing and only walk or wheel alone or with members of your household.
You should wash or sanitise your hands before and after walking or wheeling in case you inadvertently touch any hard surfaces or other pedestrians or persons wheeling. We also recommend that you clean your wheelchair in case it is touched by another person when wheeling.
When cycling you should maintain physical distancing. You should wash or sanitise your hands before and after cycling. We also recommend that you wash your cycle in case it is touched by another person either whilst cycling or at the destination of your journey.