New Office for Life Sciences Guidance on travel between COVID-19 tier areas for work
Please see below new guidance issued by the OLS for workers travelling between different COVID-19 tier levels.
We are advising people not to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High areas where possible. You can continue to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High areas if you need to for work, school, or caring responsibilities, or where doing so is necessary as part of a longer journey (such as going to an airport to travel abroad).
There are no restrictions on travel at Local COVID Alert Level: Medium, though you should consider how you get to and from work. At Local COVID Alert Level: High, you can continue to travel to venues and amenities that are open, for work or to education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. When you do need to travel try not to share a car outside of your household or bubble and walk or cycle where possible. At Local COVID Alert Level: Very High the same considerations apply, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However, in addition, everyone should also avoid travelling in or out of the area but you can still travel to go to work or school, or if you need to travel through an area as part of a longer journey.
You may still travel through affected areas as part of your onward journey - such as travelling to a port, airport, or international rail terminal - and we encourage you to follow safer travel guidance. However we’re advising those who live outside COVID Alert Level: Very High areas avoid travelling into them where possible (other than for example work or school).
We are asking people to avoid overnight stays in other regions for those living in an area that is on Local COVID Alert Level: Very High. We are also asking that people do not travel into a Local COVID Alert Level: Very High area for overnight stays. In both cases, you may do so if you need to for work or school. In addition, you avoid staying overnight with people outside of your household or bubble.
Accommodation providers may continue to take bookings, and we recognise there are a number of reasons people may need to stay overnight (e.g. for work or for school). However, we are asking all individuals to avoid overnight stays within an Alert Level: Very High area other than for those types of visit, and similarly asking people not to travel into or out of areas designated Local COVID Alert Level: Very High.