Several airlines have said they will continue to require passengers to wear face coverings, while rail, bus and coach operators will no longer require it after July 19, when the UK government relaxes the rules. in England.
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said on Wednesday he “expected and indeed wanted” that some train, bus and rail companies would insist on masks on their services.
The minister said he supported the decision of Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, to continue to require face coverings on the capital’s public transport, even though the government had previously said it wanted to switch to a system of “common sense” and “personal”. responsibility âwith regard to the wearing of the mask.
Airlines have said passengers and crew should always wear face coverings, in line with EU rules. Ryanair said on Wednesday: âIn accordance with the guidelines of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency / European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and in order to protect the health of our customers and our crew, the use of face masks will always be mandatory on all Ryanair flights, regardless of the country of departure / destination.
EasyJet said: âAt this time there is no change in easyJet’s mask policy on board and we will continue to monitor it. We continue to be guided by our in-house medical advisor and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow. “
Wizz Air also said that face masks for passengers and crew will remain mandatory on board its planes for the duration of its flights.
Gatwick Airport said passengers must wear face coverings in all terminal buildings and all staff will wear face coverings in public areas.
A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents rail operators, said face coverings would no longer be mandatory but should be worn on trains and inside stations if there are a lot of people.
“Passengers should follow government guidelines and, as a courtesy to others, wear face coverings if an indoor environment is busy,” the spokesperson said. âTrain travel is low risk, with the majority of cars being well ventilated by air conditioning systems or doors and windows. As the restrictions are lifted, we will continue to perform additional cleaning and provide better information on service attendance, so our passengers can travel with confidence. “
Buses and coaches
CPT, which accounts for 95% of buses in the UK, including operators Stagecoach, Arriva, First Group, National Express and Go-Ahead, has said it will not make face covering mandatory on bus services and coach.
A spokesperson said: âThis is a problem for the government. They have access to science. He urged passengers to recognize the government’s advice and be respectful of others. The CPT expects its members to follow its recommendation.
A spokesperson for Go-Ahead said, “We will follow any guidelines or regulations given to us by government or local authorities.”
A spokesperson for National Express said: “We are all responsible for protecting each other … We will ask [customers] continue to be attentive to others and to respect their personal choices.