Bolton area Cab drivers and their passengers have been requested to use face coverings following the steady increase of Covid-19 infections in the borough. This locality has recorded the highest infection rate in the country.
It is mandatory for individuals to use masks while using public transport but cab users have been spared from this requirement. However, the local health practitioners are saying it’s prudent to always keep one’s face covered when interacting with somebody from another household.
The council’s licensing team has been on a mission of contacting taxi operators and requesting them to implore costumers booking a cab to use a face covering.
Bolton area has recorded a sharp increase in infection rate which is even higher that when the pandemic was at its peak. The current infection rate for the borough stands at 115.8 for every 100000. Community members are now being asked to limit their use of public transport as much as is possible and avoid meeting with people who aren’t their household members even when that meeting is to be outdoors. This surge in infection numbers has been termed as ‘sudden and extreme’ by the council bosses.
According to Hilary Fairclough, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Regulatory Services there is need for everyone to come together and do their part in the fight for lowering the rate of Covid-19 infection in the borough. He adds that using a facial covering in a shared vehicle is an easy thing that people can do to protect themselves and others and is also a way of helping lower the risks of transmission.
As the council works to lower the rising infection rates, they have released the following guidelines
- Keeping off crowded places
- Use of a face covering if needed
- Maintaining a 2 meters distance from others
- Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often.
- Limit the touching of mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands
- Staying at home if having symptoms and get a text bay booking online or dialing 119