Passengers in Gedling borough are being reminded that all face will be mandatory on all buses from Monday (June 15).
The plan to make masks mandatory was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP on June 4, to provide additional protection against the spread of coronavirus as passenger numbers start to slowly increase.
The only exceptions are young children, people with breathing difficulties and people whose disabilities makes it difficult for them to wear a face covering.
Additional signage will be in place on buses from this weekend to reinforce the wearing of facial coverings and follows on board audio announcements and messages at bus stops throughout this week to raise awareness.
The wearing of a facial covering remains optional for bus drivers when in their enclosed cab, which provides a physical barrier between customers and drivers. The ventilation holes in the driver screens have been covered for enhanced protection.
Anthony Caver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “Travelling by bus is safe when you follow the Safer Travel Guidance and the government’s new mandatory requirement to wear a facial covering on public transport provides additional protection.
“Customers are responsible for sourcing their own facial covering and must wear it at all times on the bus, except if they are included on the list of government exemptions.
“Customers who are exempt should advise the driver upon boarding, either verbally or discreetly with one of our new Journey Assistance Cards”.