Drivers warned not to stop for fuel “unless you really need to”

Motorists told to spend as little time as possible at filling stations in latest government advice

Drivers warned not to stop for fuel “unless you really need to”
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Motorists have been this week been advised to not stop at a fueling station or motorway service station unless “you really need to” amid rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the UK.

In fresh travel guidance released yesterday (Thursday 24 September), the government says: “Limit the time you spend at garages, petrol stations and motorway services.

“Try to keep your distance from other people and if possible pay by contactless.”

The 34-page document also advises drivers to avoid car sharing with individuals that they do not live with or who are not in their “support bubble”.

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It suggests the safest mode of transport to reduce the spread is by foot or bicycle.

For anyone with symptoms or that shares a house with someone who may have coronavirus, it advises against travel.

The Prime Minister said the public needs to show “discipline, resolve, and the spirit of togetherness” to get Britain through the “difficult” winter months to come – or face a new national lockdown.

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