With facecovering now mandatory on all public transport our local Bus Company Brighton and Hove Buses have sent us some guidelines to help.
“In line with Government guidance, you will now need to wear a face covering when travelling with us. This can be a mask, scarf, snood, bandana or even something homemade. A handy guide is available on how to wear and make a face covering.
Passengers should be aware that for those who can, the wearing of a face covering is a legal requirement and the Police may enforce this with fines. Bus drivers will not be responsible for enforcing this, requiring proof or issuing fines.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for heath, age or equality reasons. If you fit into any of the Government exemptions below, then you’ll be able to travel on our buses without wearing a face covering.
- Children under 11-years-old.
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.
- if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.
- to avoid injury, or to escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
- to eat or drink, but only if you need to.
- to take medication.
- if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.
People may choose to carry or show a Helping Hand card, if they don’t have a Concessionary Travel card, but this is not a requirement.
Please treat our staff with respect and follow instructions from them.
It is not compulsory for drivers to wear face coverings, although we continue to make them available to be worn in close contact situations such as supporting a wheelchair user, and on a voluntary basis whilst in the cab, our drivers are already working behind a screen to protect them.”