Don’t ditch the face coverings, says Metrobus

6 days ago Mon 19th Jul 2021

Metrobus is asking passengers to keep wearing face coverings on its buses after 19 July, if they can.  

The government is expected to tell public transport passengers, shoppers and users of other indoor facilities in England on Monday that they are no longer legally required to wear a face covering but is still saying it expects them to be worn.

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said that while face coverings would no longer be compulsory on public transport, people were strongly encouraged to wear one, unless exempt.  

“The government, our local authority and public health teams are advising that people continue to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces. We fully support this, and our messaging on face coverings on buses remains in place,” said Martin. 

“We highly recommend that passengers who can wear face coverings continue to wear them, unless they cannot. This is the same recommendation for all enclosed spaces such as shops. As the final details are being worked through, I would ask all passengers to continue to act responsibly to help keep each other safe.” 

Martin said bus passengers would notice ‘very little difference’ when they travelled from 19 July. 

“We will continue to maintain measures such as thoroughly cleaning our buses and extra touch point cleaning, providing hand sanitiser on board and keeping windows open to refresh the air. Capacity numbers will revert to pre-pandemic levels and almost all of the measures we have put in place throughout the pandemic and the guidance we have applied will remain in place.” 

Martin said that buses were an essential to the recovery of the local economy and part of life gradually returning to normal. 

“We are really pleased to welcome people back on to our buses as seating and standing restrictions on buses are removed. All the other health and safety measures we have put in place during the pandemic will stay, because our priority is - and will always be - the safety of our customers and colleagues.” 

Martin said the bus company would continue to listen to the advice of local public health teams, working with our local authority partners, and consulting trade union representatives, to deliver safe and sustainable travel options for the communities it served.

What’s changing on buses after 19 July?

  • Passengers can stand inside buses 
  • Bus capacities back to pre-Covid levels 
  • Passengers may now sit anywhere on the bus 

What’s not changing?

  • Customers expected to wear face coverings, unless exempt 
  • Extra bus cleaning with hospital grade products 
  • Additional touch point cleaning on buses through the day 
  • Air filters remove 99.9% of virus and bacteria from on-board air intake systems 
  • Windows kept permanently open to aid ventilation 
  • Hand sanitiser on buses 
  • Bus company apps & website help travellers check how busy their bus is 
  • No change given on the bus 
  • Sealed drivers’ cabs