People from different households may be able to share cars provided that they keep the windows open, new government guidance has said.
The Department for Transport suggested that car-sharing schemes will be permitted as many people prepare to return to work today for the first time since the lockdown was imposed. According to the guidance, commuters should avoid public transport where possible, with buses and trains limited to 10 per cent of normal capacity to maintain social distancing. The document said that people from different households who normally shared vehicles should “find a different way to travel” if they can. However, those who had to share a car should ensure vehicles are cleaned between journeys. It recommended keeping the windows open to maintain good ventilation and ensuring that people face away from each other.
Passengers are still being told to avoid public transport where possible, with alternatives such as private cars, walking and cycling recommended. Businesses have been told to stagger opening times to prevent too many people travelling during rush hour. (Source: drawn from The Times)