Hampshire County Council has agreed to extend free bus passes for the elderly and disabled residents.

The suggestion for the initiative came when a local resident approached Councillor Steve Forster to ask if this was a possibility so that they could take advantage of the special temporary earlier opening hours in supermarkets.

Councillor Forster raised the subject with Hampshire County Council and the outcome is that the bus passes can now be used before 9.30am from Friday 20th March 2020.

Hampshire County Council:

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We understand these are difficult times for people and we are doing everything we can to help those who need it most. I hope that extending the times people can use their free bus passes may go some way in helping them make the most of dedicated early morning shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable many supermarkets have now put in place.”

Hampshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said: “I know people have particular concerns at this time for the elderly and those with long term health conditions.
“I would urge everyone to increase and enhance the same precautions they would take to keep themselves safe and well during flu season, with an emphasis on following the hygiene advice – particularly hand washing often and for 20 seconds. We can also help the elderly and vulnerable in our families and communities to be prepared by making sure they have supplies of their usual medication and day-to-day items.”

The Government’s social distancing guidelines for people over 70 are can be found online https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people and information on hand washing can be found on the NHS web pages https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus see our dedicated web pages https://www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus


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