Roads and Tubes packed with commuters as Brits return to work after lockdown tweaks – The Sun

BRITS poured onto the roads and crammed into packed buses and trains as lockdown tweaks began this morning.

Many people unable to work from home have headed back to the office today after weeks of coronavirus restrictions.

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Roads were full of cars and vans by 8am this morning, as those who have been unable to work from home are now able to get back to their jobs.

While much of the pandemic restrictions are still in place – the Prime Minister has relaxed some of the strict rules Brits have been living with since mid-March.

But while announcing plans to get people moving, he urged them not to use public transport unless they really have to – suggesting they get on a bike or walk to work.

The message from the PM is to "stay alert" and stay at home as much as possible while the death and case toll continues to rise, but Brits can get back to work from today.

Pictures from around the country showed an immediate change this morning as once quiet bus routes and Tube stops were full of people returning to work.

Transport for London said the number of passengers using the London Underground from the start of service to 6am was up by 8.7 per cent compared with the same period last week.

And motorways around England had queues of vehicles building up from the early hours of this morning, as workers piled onto the Tube and buses.

People using public transport should be wearing masks and keeping two metres apart where possible, Government guidelines say.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • People living in England can now spend an unlimited time outside exercising and sunbathing. While it is still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, you can lie in a park and go for a longer run or bike ride from today while remaining safely distanced from others.
  • Households can now play certain sports together – such as tennis or golf or go angling. But for now you must still only play them with people you have been living with.
  • From today you can meet up with one other family member or friend you don't live with at a time. You can sit outside together but must not have contact and keep two metres between you at all times.
  • You are allowed to view a house from today but again, must take precautions and keep a safe distance from anyone you don't live with.
  • People are allowed to take day trips to get to the countryside, national parks and beaches in England – but have been urged to respect the local communities, keep a safe distance and avoid hotspots.


  • You are still not allowed to visit relatives or friends at home, or host them at your house.
  • If you can work from home, you should. Only those who absolutely cannot perform their job from home should be leaving the house to work.
  • Advice on avoiding public transport aside from essential journeys remains in place, and staying overnight at a holiday or second home is also not allowed.
  • Fines for those who break the rules will now start at £100 in England, and will double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200. Stricter rules remain in place in the rest of the UK.

 

Among the slight changes to the rules is a relaxing of outdoors exercise restrictions – with cooped up Brits allowed to exercise as much as they want each day.

Social distancing remains in place and only certain sports are allowed to be played within household groups.

It is still not allowed to meet up with a group of pals in the park for a kickabout, but those living together can play tennis or golf and sit down in a park.

Friends and family members not living together are finally allowed to meet face-to-face from today – but only two people can meet at a time, still must not hug and need to remain two metres apart.

And many people unable to work from home are heading back to the office after weeks of coronavirus lockdown.

Anyone who doesn't absolutely have to take public transport shouldn't – walk, run or cycle your way to work instead, keeping a safe distance from others, new guidance from the Government says. But it adds if you do have to get on it, then try and face away from other people if you possibly can.

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Speaking yesterday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We continue to ask people to only go to work if they cannot do their jobs from home, that's because even as transport begins to revert to a full service, the two-metre distancing rule will only leave effective capacity for one in ten passengers overall.

"One in ten. Therefore, it's crucial that we protect our network by minimising the pressures placed upon it and ensure it's ready to serve those who most need it."

If you go on public transport you should wear a mask or face covering and keep two metres from other travellers, it advises.

It is not legally required that commuters do so, but the Government now urges anyone in shops or on public transport to use one if they can't stay apart from others.

To cut down any chance of overcrowding, it is also recommended employers should be able to offer more flexible start times to try and avoid everyone piling onto public transport at rush hour.

This will help reduce the crowds and keep travelling as safe as possible – as normal services have not yet resumed and are still reduced.

People tried to follow the distancing rules as they waited for trains today




Wash your hands as soon as you can after travelling anywhere, and before you head out of the front door. If you see hand sanitising stations anywhere, use them, the guidance says.

Britain's real coronavirus death toll has passed 40,000, concerning new analysis suggests.

Changes in the guidelines have caused confusion and anger – as people remain unable to visit relatives or friends at their homes, but can now be shown around a property for sale.

The move to unlock the housing market will enable buyers and renters to complete purchases and view properties in person, while visiting estate agents, developer sales offices or show homes will also be allowed.

Unlimited exercise, sunbathing and meeting one person from another household in a public space is now allowed, as long as the two-metre rule is respected, while golf clubs, tennis courts and angling have been given the green light.

Restrictions on how far people can travel to get to the countryside, national parks and beaches in England have also been lifted – but people have been warned to respect local communities, keep their distance from others and avoid hotspots or busy areas.





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