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Public Transport: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL3837, tabled on 5 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that (1) those public transport workers who die from COVID-19 are given public recognition, and (2) the families of those workers are given support similar to that provided for NHS workers’ families.

Answered on

20 May 2020

We have been clear the safety of transport workers must remain a top priority, and employers must protect their staff in line with Public Health England advice. On the 12 May, the Government published guidance for transport operators to help keep their staff safe, including how social distancing rules should be interpreted to do this. This guidance will be kept up-to-date as restrictions on travel change.

In the tragic circumstances where workers die with Covid-19, our thoughts are with their families and loved ones and employers should ensure they are appropriately recognised. The Government is working with the industry to ensure that all workers and the travelling public stay safe during this very difficult time.