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Travel advice for businesses and employers

This page was updated on 12 January 2021.

From Tuesday 5 January, England is in lockdown. Access our guide for the latest national restrictions. 

Government guidance states that people must not leave their home unless they have a reasonable excuse and should only travel to their workplace if they cannot reasonably work from home.

Where people cannot effectively work from home including, but not limited to, people working in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their COVID-secure workplace. However, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals should not attend work, school, college or university and should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

If travel is required people are advised to:

  • Stay local (i.e. avoid travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live), reduce the number of journeys made and consider walking or cycling where possible

  • Adhere to government guidance and wear a face covering when using public transport unless exempt

  • Keep their distance from other passengers where possible   

  • Clean their hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with them 

  • Use contactless payment if possible

  • Avoid car sharing with people outside their household or support bubble

To help your colleagues to travel safely during the pandemic, refer to Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM) latest guidance

Access the latest travel guidance

International travel notice

Currently, you can only travel internationally if you have a legally permitted reason to leave home.

If you are legally allowed to travel, check the advice for the country you are visiting. Other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning. As Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice remains under constant review, it is recommended that you refer to the latest guidance available on the government website.

Additional Resources

Safety boost for region’s transport network Safety boost for region’s transport network

New ‘Metrolink Trambassadors’ on the network, will engage with customers and provide advice on how to travel safely.

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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme

By joining the scheme TfGM staff can recognise the sunflower lanyard or wristband and be aware that you may need additional support while travelling.

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Face coverings - Exemptions Face coverings - Exemptions

List of people who do not have to wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs.

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 More information is available on the UK Government’s Safer travel guidance for passengers page. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at:


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