As of today (19 July) it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings on public transport.
However, various official and governing bodies across Lancashire have urged customers to wear face coverings while on public transport.
For some businesses it is “recommended” and optional- but for others they are a requirement.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents major bus and coach operators such as National Express and Megabus, said they recommend passengers to use face coverings- but they won’t demand it.
A spokesperson for The Blackburn Bus Company said they “recommend” customers tocontinue to wear a face covering when travelling with them- “especially at busy times”.
They added:” Our buses are clean, safe and ready to go, just as they have always been, and we will continue with the highest standards of cleaning on every bus and at our bus stations, including nightly deep cleaning inside buses using anti-viral fog, while hand sanitiser dispensers will remain on each bus.
“Colleagues may also continue to wear face coverings, we will maintain the use of screens around the cab area on board and they will also continue to be issued with their on-board cleaning kits. We’ll also continue to encourage keeping bus windows open this summer, so fresh air can circulate freely.”
The company added that they will provide live information on available space on buses via our Transdev Go mobile app.
“We will keep making this available to help our customers,” they explained. “We will also continuously monitor our services to ensure sufficient space is available for everyone to travel confidently with us.”
The Burnley Bus Company has issued a similar statement.
Preston Bus Limited, which operates in and around the city of Preston, followed in a similar suit and said: “We respectfully ask that customers continue to protect themselves and others by choosing to wear a face covering onboard unless they are exempt.”
Following government guidelines we will be allowing more people on board our buses.
ALL FORWARD FACING SEATS ONLY WILL BE USED.
We’re still taking precautions & still have our strict cleaning regime in place.
Face coverings must be worn (unless exempt) pic.twitter.com/bKRaP4nqUG
— Preston Bus Ltd (@PrestonBus) July 15, 2021
As well as compulsory face coverings, they will also only be using forward facing seats.
If you are planning to catch an Uber in Lancashire, you will still be expected to wear a face covering.
Ash Kebriti, Uber General Manager, UK said:“There is nothing more important than the safety of our drivers and the riders who use the Uber app.
“As cities continue to open up, we will ensure that face coverings or masks continue to be a mandatory requirement, unless exempt, when travelling with Uber across the UK.”
Train operators have also unveiled their mask policy.
The Rail Delivery Group, who represent Northern railway services, said they expect people to follow government advice, and to wear a face covering (unless exempt) in crowded spaces, out of respect for others.
😷 We expect people to follow government advice, and to wear a face covering (unless exempt) in crowded spaces, out of respect for others.
— Rail Delivery Group (@RailDeliveryGrp) July 19, 2021
A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, who represent Northern Rail, said: “Passengers should follow the government guidance and, out of respect for others, wear face coverings if an indoor setting is busy.
“Train travel is low risk, with the majority of carriages well ventilated by air conditioning systems or by doors and windows.
“As restrictions lift, we will continue carrying out extra cleaning and providing better information about how busy services are, so that our passengers can travel with confidence.”
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