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Bus pass restrictions lifted for Hampshire's elderly and disabled during coronavirus pandemic

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Bus pass restrictions lifted for Hampshire's elderly and disabled during coronavirus pandemic

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 10:22am 21st March 2020. (Updated at 10:24am 21st March 2020)

Free bus passes for the elderly and disabled in Hampshire can now be used before 9.30am to help people travel around during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hampshire County Council lifted the time restrictions so people can now use their bus pass at any time of day.

It’s as supermarkets have opened their doors early for the elderly and vulnerable to buy essentials as panic buying continues.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council 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.”

Anyone over the age of 70 and anyone with an underlying health condition is advised to follow the government's social distancing measures.

You can find the guidance here.