Coronavirus 12 May 2020 Face away from other public transport users if two-metre gap not possible, government says Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Public transport passengers that cannot keep a two-metre distance with others should instead face away from those around them, new government guidance has said. The Department for Transport guidance on safe travel during the pandemic says the public should avoid public transport when possible, especially around peak times. If people must travel, they should wear a face covering, use contactless payment and keep two metres apart from other passengers. "There may be situations where you can’t keep a suitable distance from people," it says, and in these cases "you should avoid physical contact, try to face away from other people". Passengers should also wash or sanitise their hands both before and after travel. Operators are encouraged to remove or limit seating to make social distancing easier. › Why the Chancellor’s risky revision of the furlough scheme relies on three economic assumptions Image credit: Alex Pantling / Getty Images Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!