Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 26 September 2020

Drivers told to only stop at petrol stations or service stations if they ‘really need to’ as coronavirus cases rise

Drivers across the UK have been warned they shouldn’t stop at petrol or service stations unless necessary due to the spiralling number of coronavirus cases.

Fresh guidance from the Department for Transport released on Wednesday (September 23) states that motorists should “only stop at petrol stations or motorway service stations if you ‘really need to'”.

The new 34-page document stipulates all the government’s advice on safer travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Other guidance includes trying not to car share with people you don’t live with – and only doing so with the same people each time if it’s unavoidable.

In addition, people in the vehicle should wear face coverings, keep the windows open and face away from each other throughout the journey.

They have also issued further advice for those using public transport. Travellers are once again urged to travel at off-peak times when services are quieter. Passengers are also reminded that unless exempt, face coverings are mandatory while on public transport or in transport hubs – with fines of £200 for those that don’t comply.

While in circumstances where stations or services are crowded and it is not possible to social distance, travellers are told to face away from other passengers and move away as soon as they can.

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