NEWPORT BUS STATION TO RETURN TO PRE-PANDEMIC OPERATION AND LAYOUT

Temporary bus stop arrangements in Newport town centre will revert back to how they were before the COVID pandemic, with the easing of restrictions next week.

Bus stops for routes 5, 7, 12 and 38, which were relocated last year to aid social distancing at Newport Bus Station, will move back into bus station from Monday (19 July). This will allow the South Street taxi rank to be reinstated and the short-stay car park at Church Litten to reopen to help support the town’s economy.

On Monday the government confirmed that from 19th July most legal restrictions relating to coronavirus would be lifted in England. The Island’s health leaders, however, are urging people to continue to proceed with caution and act responsibly to prevent further spread of the virus.

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Speaking earlier this week, Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, said:

“The pandemic is not over and the disease carries risks for all of us, but particularly the most vulnerable members of our Island community.

“We know getting vaccinated helps protect ourselves and others. Reduced transmission of the virus minimises the development of new variants.

“My two key messages are please take a cautious approach and get vaccinated. Doing both of these will really help stop the spread and protect the NHS as cases rise and hospitalisations increase.”

For more local information on COVID-19, visit the Keep the Island Safe website.

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Bus user
Bus user
2 months ago

Good luck everybody. It was a total free for all on the buses yesterday while the mask wearing is still supposed to be mandatory. The ignorant types who care nothing about anyone else will be even worse now. I don’t know what this goverment is thinking. How on earth can it be an inconvenience to do a simple thing like wear a face covering on public transport? Why is it so difficult for some people to do the right thing? When you see the polite and civilised behaviour of passengers on trains and buses in Japan, it makes you see just how badly behaved citizens are in this country.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson
Reply to  Bus user
2 months ago

I can only assume you’ve never travelled on a subway train in Tokyo during the rush hour if you think it’s ‘civilised’? It’s the most uncivilised thing I’ve ever experienced with people literally being herded and pushed onto packed trains and squashed in like sardines in a tin. Not my idea of civilised, but I guess we’re all different.

And, on the subject of differing opinions, perhaps there’s a number of people who hold a different opinion about mask wearing being the ‘right thing’. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. All I can say is I’ll be glad come Monday when we are no longer legally obliged to wear them.

Fed up.
Fed up.
Reply to  Catherine Johnson
2 months ago

Bear in mind that you’ll be spreading any germs you have to anyone vulnerable who still has to go out to buy provisions, germs that could kill them. but that’s okay, heaven forbid that selfish people should ever have to do anything to consider others.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
Reply to  Catherine Johnson
2 months ago

Have a little read of the mask wearing legislation on gov.uk and you’ll see that it’s not a mandatory obligation for anyone at the moment anyway! So even by governments standards over the last year mask wearing was a personal choice, not a single bit of scientific evidence in them helping, and even when they tell you don’t need to anymore you then still want to. Anyone who has believed all this rubbish all along needs to open their eyes and see the world for the truth and not the lies and propaganda portrayed by the English media and politicians!

Bus user
Bus user
Reply to  Catherine Johnson
2 months ago

I’d have no intention of travelling on any subway train anywhere and especially not in rush hour. No country is totally perfect in every way but Japan is definitely preferable when it comes to doing the right thing and being respectful and considerate towards others. It is in fact known as one of the safest countries in the world where people feel safe to walk anywhere, alone, and at night, with very little fear.

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