Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for transportation and travel in the UK

Stay at home
Go to and from work only for food or health reasons, or when traveling, but only if you cannot work from home
Position yourself outside the room 2 meters from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the corona virus.

Complete instructions for staying at home and away from others
You have to stay home. You may only leave your home for a very limited purpose.

This is to stop the spread of the corona virus.

Stay home, defend the NHS, save lives.

Public transportation – buses, trains, subways, trams, ferries
Use public transportation only if needed. When traveling by public transportation:

Avoid the peaks and peak times when you can
Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue and put the cloth in the container
Follow the tips to stay away from others
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disinfectants
Do not use public transportation if:

You have symptoms of coronavirus – persistent new cough or fever
You or one of your households isolates yourself
Look for reduced services and closed stations:

local bus, train, tram and ferry companies
National Railroad
Air travel
You cannot travel by plane unless your trip is very important.

To review, change, or cancel your travel plans:

Contact your airline, travel company or accommodation provider
Contact your insurance company

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With travel bans and blocks falling when Covid-19 moves around the world, it’s crazy not to cancel your travel plans at the first opportunity. I admit that the proposal to reimburse Ryanair’s costs for my Faro flight on Easter weekend is difficult to reject, especially given the uncertain economic climate in which we are. Instead, I decided to postpone my trip until summer. Here I want to give you some of the main reasons why you still did not cancel your travel plans for Covid-19.

Canceling your travel plans that are relatively far in the future (and I mean, anytime after the end of April) is totally unwise for several reasons. First, the situation changes every day and who knows what can happen in more than a month. Second, your airline may not have officially canceled their flight, which means you have not yet been eligible for a refund.

For example – I booked a flight to Naples for a vacation in early May. Now Jet2 has canceled all flights to Italy on April 26th and I am pretty sure that as we approach the date, my adventure with the Bucket List on the Amalfi Coast will also be bad for those feared, you know. If I cancel the flight now while the sequel is still planned, I will not be given the option to re-order or receive a refund and lose all the money spent on the flight.

Instead, I waited for an email from Jet2 informing me that my flight had been canceled (sighing), and then I could schedule a later date, as was the case with my Easter flight. Do you want to cancel, reschedule, or rewrite, wait until you are asked by the company you ordered. If the government still advises you not to go there during your trip, you should be able to get your money back.

Simply put, the travel industry is on its knees at the moment. I need to know – I work for a travel magazine. While thousands of flight attendants, hotel staff, and tour operators around the world have been fired, thousands of us wake up every morning for fear we will make a living.

If you are offered a choice by your airline, hotel, travel agency or travel company, consider making a reservation or rescheduling instead of completely canceling your itinerary. Companies that really want to stay afloat even if they don’t invest money will have more problems if the refund is taken back by anyone who has a itinerary.

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Virtual call center from TaiS Made Travel

Tailor Made Travel, a Welsh travel agent, has set up a virtual call center to help NHS recruit key additional employees, including janitors and operators, after being forced to temporarily close 20 branches and move employees to homes during the corona virus delivery block.

Managing Director Simon Morgan said that some employees work from home to help their own travel agent customers, while others who are “thumbs up” are available for NHS, industry partners, and other organizations.

He said they have the capacity to handle 50 calls at a time.

“We have a voluntary crisis team (at home) that handles all of our customers. We also have a number of employees who are waving – effective thumb rotation.

“Our unique communication technology allows us to send employees home using Apple Macs and Internet telephones. They are not limited to our internal calls – we can also answer calls to third parties.

“After searching for NHS-related calls and successfully managing unique calls, records and methods for identifying callers and callers, the company decided to offer services to companies that have a call history to deal with the current crisis.

“We can be what you like, send written responses in advance and turn calls into e-mails, etc. In fact, there are no restrictions – and you won’t get a better chameleon from a travel agent – we can do almost anything.”

Morgan said no industry partner had accepted the offer of Tailor Made’s telephone support, but was convinced that it would not be long before he contacted him.

“It is logical to offer our services to tour operators, airlines, etc. because we already understand the business and automatically understand the main objectives,” he added.

“If you are a tour operator whose channel is blocked, we will help you.”

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The police apply the basic rules when traveling

A special unit of 500 BTP consoles is now patrolling the national rail network, and passengers are reminded at the station that only one-way trips are recommended.

According to Mayor Sadik Khan, the number of London Underground users has declined in the past two days. His remarks followed protests earlier this week when it was learned that the reduction in subway transportation services was as busy as usual at peak times, making social distance impossible.

The mayor said yesterday that the number of passengers had dropped by one third, but more had to be done. He continued: “We need more Londoners to do the right thing and stay home.

“Nearly a third of TfL employees are sick or independent – including train drivers and control personnel.

“Many have taken critical security training for years to follow certain paths – so it is not possible to replace them with others.

“If the number of TfL hospital employees or entrepreneurs continues to increase – as we expect – we have no choice but to reduce our services.”

To prevent underground use, several additional escalators were turned off and queues at the ticket office were introduced.

BTP deputy police chief Sean O’Callaghan said: “The steps announced by the prime minister are to save lives, which are part of the daily work of our employees. We support the railroad operators and the most important employees who travel home tonight with 500 employees throughout the country Railroad network.

“They will become a patrol station, support railroad personnel, and remind the public of the urgent need to comply with government recommendations. Only those who travel basic need to use pipelines and trains.

“We urge people to do the right thing and help us save lives by staying at home and slowing the spread of the virus.”

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