TFL issues guidance on staying local when rules ease on Monday
Transport for London (TfL) has issued advice for when England’s stay at home rule is lifted on Monday.
The organisation says: “The government is urging people to stay local where they can and TfL is asking Londoners to consider walking and cycling by taking advantage of the city’s network of safe walking and cycling routes.
“Those who need to use public transport should try to minimise their journeys [and] plan for quiet times and routes.”
Quiet times are defined as 8.15am to 4pm and after 5.30pm on weekdays, and at weekends before 12 noon and after 6pm.
More than 1 in 10 break self-isolation rules, figures suggest
Around three in 20 adults (14 per cent) who test positive for Covid-19 break self-isolation rules, new figures suggest.
The survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that the majority (83 per cent) of rule-breakers left home to go to the shops, work or school during their isolation, while a minority (22 per cent) received an unauthorised visitor.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has responded to European Commission president Ursual von der Leyen’s comment that she has “no knowledge” of vaccine exports from the UK to the EU.
Asked whether the UK had indeed sent supplies, he told Sky News: “Vaccines are based on complex international supply chains.
“There are elements of the vaccines being produced in the UK, there are elements being produced in parts of the European Union and indeed all over the world – we are working with the Serum Institute, for example, in India.
“So it is critical for all countries that there is the free flow of medical products, including vaccines, across international borders and it would be very damaging if countries started to pull up drawbridges and prevent vaccines, medicines or elements of them from crossing international borders and the UK strongly opposes that.”
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said that ‘pub passports’ are possible – but not in the near future.
Speaking on Times Radio, he said that the government is “taking to time to consider this issue carefully” and that the “work is happening” on passports, but denied the suggestion that it could be done by the time restrictions ease in May.
“Domestically, there are a range of issues we need to work through, that work is now happening and it will be reporting back later,” he said.
“But if we do go down that route, we don’t anticipate it being in the near term. … We’re taking time to consider this issue carefully. It is a complex issue.”
Joanna Taylor26 March 2021 09:21
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