Can I Car Share During Lockdown?
If there’s one thing that’s certain about lockdown, it’s that nothing’s really certain. Government advice has changed so much over the past year, that it’s left many of us in a perpetual state of confusion. Unfortunately, we can’t help you with all of lockdown’s little complexities, but we can help you with car sharing. So, can you car share during lockdown? Unfortunately, it’s both a yes and a no. Let’s take a look at some scenarios in a little more detail.
Car Sharing to Work During Lockdown
During lockdown, government guidelines dictate that you should be working from home unless your job requires you to be in the office. If you fall into the latter camp and normally car share to get to work, then guidelines suggest that you should find another method of travel that minimises social contact. This could be walking, cycling, using an electric scooter – anything that isn’t car sharing or using public transport.
If none of the above are viable options for you and you really need to be in the office, you are permitted to car share with one person from another household, so long as you adhere to social distancing rules and proper hygiene routines. This means that you should be trying to do as many of the following as possible:
- Wear a mask
- Sit in the back seat of the car
- Roll down the windows
- Use hand sanitiser frequently
Of course, given that this is the coldest time of the year, we think you’d be forgiven for not rolling down the windows, but you should be able to do everything else.
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Other instances where car sharing is allowed
Other instances where car sharing outside of your household and support bubble is allowed essentially match the rules for other large-group gatherings. You can find these specific circumstances here. With all of these circumstances, you should be following the same social distancing and COVID-safe precautions as those outlined earlier on in the article.
Instances where car sharing isn’t allowed
Given that the link above provides an exhaustive list of all the circumstances where car sharing is permitted, if your particular circumstance isn’t on the list, then this is a good indication that it’s not allowed.
However, if you have found yourself in a unique situation where you believe car sharing should be allowed, the best thing to do would be to take it up with your local council who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
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