Face coverings update

2 months ago Mon 29th Nov 2021

Mandatory face coverings on buses from Tuesday 30 November 2021

Following the announcements by the Government over the weekend as a result of new strains of coronavirus being detected within the UK, the use of face coverings for passengers and in shops alters from “recommended” to “mandatory” from Tuesday 30 November 2021.

This means that with effect from first buses tomorrow, customers will need to wear a face covering which must cover their nose and mouth whilst travelling on our network, as before, the exemptions include those with medical reasons and children, this requirement will also apply to customers visiting our Travel Shop in Bournemouth Town Centre. Please remember that not all disabilities are visible, therefore there may well be a valid reason whilst someone cannot wear a face covering which is not immediately visible, so please be tolerant of others.

Our drivers do not have to wear face coverings although some do choose to do so, this is because their cabs are separate to the passenger area and they are protected by screens, please remember that not all disabilities are visible, therefore there may well be a valid reason whilst someone cannot wear a face covering which is not immediately visible, so please be tolerant of others. As a private company, we have no powers to enforce the government announcement, however, we would ask all of our customers to comply where they are able to do so for the collective benefit of all of our customers and colleagues.

Buses remain safe to use, they are better ventilated than other forms of public transport with opening windows and when the doors open at stops, we have been operating an enhanced cleaning regime across our fleet for nearly two years and hand sanitiser is available from dispensers on every bus that we operate, we have stocks of free face coverings for members of the public and they are available from our Travel Shop and our drivers carry limited quantities as well.

David Squire

Managing Director