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Helping taxi drivers be more Covid secure over the festive period

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Sheffield taxi drivers are being encouraged to access free face coverings, hand sanitiser and gloves from Sheffield City Council to help them continue to operate safely over the festive period.

The council is joining forces with the Pakistan Muslim Centre and Champions Achieving Better Health in Sheffield (CABS) to deliver the Covid Secure Taxi’s initiative, free packs of face coverings, hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for taxi drivers to collect on Tuesday 22nd of December between 11am-3pm at the Pakistan Muslim Centre Woodbourn Road Sheffield S9 3LQ.

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield, said:

“We know that taxi drivers have worked hard to protect themselves and their customers throughout the pandemic, and I would like to thank them for this. As we near the festive period we want to help with some additional practical support and advice so that both drivers and passengers are as safe as possible.

“Covid-19 spreads particularly well in small spaces, like taxis, so it’s even more important that people driving and using taxis continue to do the basics ‘hands, face, space.”

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council, said:

“In what is traditionally one of the busiest times for taxi drivers, we want the journeys people are making to be as safe as possible while we wait for the new vaccines to be rolled out. I’d like to encourage all of Sheffield’s taxi drivers to take advantage of the secure packs on offer.

Sheffield-licenced taxi drivers are welcome to attend and will just need to show their ID badge to collect a pack. The distribution will be done in a Covid secure way.

The Council is working with taxi drivers to help them ensure they are more Covid secure, including reminders on how and when to ventilate and clean vehicles and the need to wear face coverings and social distance.

Government Covid-19 guidelines state that passengers must wear face coverings when travelling in a taxi and drivers can refuse entry to anyone not wearing one.

Face covering exemptions

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or disability reasons.

Government and some operators have produced cards and badges which you can choose to wear to show you are exempt. There is no requirement to do this though, and if you rely on an exemption, transport staff should not ordinarily ask for evidence.

Some transport staff may also not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.

You should not use a taxi if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days.

National Covid-19 guidance for taxi drivers is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-taxis-and-phvs.

NHS advice on Covid-19 can be found here at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/