Travelling for Business: Tips for Staying Safe as More People Return to Work

    Now that more people are returning to work after the lockdown, there is understandably some concern over staying safe. Travelling on public transportation and staying in hotels can prove challenging with new social distancing measures.

    If you’re returning to work and are concerned about your safety, below you’ll discover some great tips you can follow.

    Plan your route

    If you want to lower your risk of contracting Covid-19 on your way to work, it’s important to plan your route. When travelling on public transportation, think about the quietest times and the best way to travel.

    Trains are starting to operate normally, so checking routes is a good way to see if there are any quieter, shorter journeys you can make. Try to avoid rush hour if you can and consider breaking down the journey to limit the risk. For example, you could catch a train or bus part of the way there, then walk or cycle the rest of the way. This brings us nicely onto the next tip…

    Consider walking or cycling

    Now has never been a better time to start walking or cycling to work. It reduces your exposure to others, while also helping to get you healthier. The government has recently introduced a bike scheme to encourage more people to cycle to work.  This is down to the fact that fighting obesity is known to reduce the risks of the virus.

    Of course, cycling or walking to work is also great for the environment. So, it lowers your risk of infection, decreases the risks if you do get infected, and helps to reduce your carbon footprint.

    Wearing adequate PPE

    It is now mandatory to wear face masks on public transportation throughout the UK. This is to protect passengers as they are within close proximity to others.

    As well as wearing a face mask, you can also protect yourself by washing your hands after using public transportation and wearing disposable gloves.

    Tips for the journey/staying in accommodation

    If you need to stay overnight for work, choosing the right accommodation is essential. While hotels are slowly re-opening, it might be a good idea to stay in a self-catering apartment instead. You’ll find there are some great serviced apartments in London for example, giving you privacy and helping you to stay socially distanced throughout the trip.

    For additional safety, always use contactless payments where you can. You should also follow guidance and instructions issued on public transportation.

    Travelling to and from work in the midst of a pandemic can be scary. However, if you follow the measures above, as well as those outlined by the government, it is possible to stay safe and help control the virus.

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