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COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector

30th March 2020

On Friday 27th March, the Department for Transport announced their guidance for staff in the transport sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is some more information from the publication. SNAP hopes this helps to clarify the Government guidelines for HGV locations throughout this time.


· if someone becomes unwell while at a transport hub or on their journey with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they must be sent home

· passengers should wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after they have been on public transport and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

· frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products

· advise passengers they should not travel if they are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - a new, continuous cough or high temperature. This will also help to protect others from infection
use announcements in transport hubs to reinforce key messages, such as washing hands before and after travel, and what to do if unwell

Limiting spread in transport hubs:

· Transport hubs should use posters and announcements to remind travellers and staff to wash their hands often and follow general hygiene advice. Posters, leaflets and other materials available.

Toilet and shower facilities:

Current government advice is to stay at home and to not undertake non-essential travel. For those for whom travel is essential, for example haulage and delivery drivers, use of facilities at motorway service stations is important. Toilet and shower facilities can remain open subject to implementation of targeted or specific additional measures consistent with current guidelines. As follows:

All individuals using the facilities should be reminded to:

· wash their hands for 20 seconds, more frequently than usual, each day

· catch coughs and sneezes in tissues or cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve (not hands), throw the tissue away and wash their hands immediately

· use hand sanitiser gel in addition to soap and water or on its own if soap and water are not available.

For more information and advice. Please visit GOV.UK/government/publications

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