Face Covering Guidance aboard Johnsons Excelbus

Date Added 15/06/2020

From Monday 15th June 2020, it will be mandatory for passengers to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport which includes Johnsons Excelbus. 

Based on current Government Guidance, please find the information below:

What is a face covering?

A face covering is a cloth covering that cover's the wearer's nose and mouth. This could include a scarf. bandanna or face mask that can be made at home. Government guidance is available for passengers to make their own masks here

A face covering is not required to be a medical grade PPE mask. These items need to be reserved for health and care workers, people should ideally make or buy their own. However, someone wearing PPE would be compliant with the regulation. 

The face covering should be worn by the passenger when boarding and for the duration of their journey on the bus. It is not required at bus stations/ bus stops etc. 

Who will have to wear face coverings?

All passengers will have to wear a face covering, however there are exemptions for certain people who may not be able to wear them. 

Who is exempt?

  • Breathing difficulties and other respiratory conditions. 
  • Conditions effecting their dexterity, meaning they are not able to put on a face covering. 
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders. 
  • other non-visible disabilities such as autism. 
  • Cognitive impairments, including dementia, who may not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering. 
  • Visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision.
  • Impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain. 
  • Those who rely on lip reading. This would include carers who are travelling with someone for whom a face covering will inhabit communication. 
  • The regulatuion will not apply to children under 11, or children on dedicated school transport services. 

Everyone is expected to wear a face covering if they are able. The above list of exemptions is not exhaustive and would extend to someone who has a justifiable reason for not wearing one on the grounds of health or disability not outlined above. 

Who will enforce these regulations? 

Drivers will have the authority to refuse a passenger travel if they refuse to wear a mask (and are not exempt) when travelling. 

Should a passenger become anti-social when requested to wear a face covering, the police will have the power to fine that person, in line with the existing Coronavirus regulations/ 

We will continue to follow Government advice as it is updated. Johnsons Excelbus drivers will be using reasonable discretion when applying this new rule during the first few days. 

Please continue to follow our social media and look at our website for updates. 

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