July 05 2021
CPT's Chief Executive Graham Vidler has reacted to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that lockdown restrictions will continue to be eased from 19 July.
“Today’s announcement that social distancing will end will allow buses to play a full role in the country’s recovery from the pandemic. However, this is being put at risk by the confusing announcement on face coverings which passes the buck to operators unfairly placing staff on the front line in managing disputes.
Operators have worked hard to make bus and coach travel safe during the pandemic and the Government should make it clear what the science is now telling them. If it advises face coverings are still required, then they should be mandated in all enclosed public spaces but if they are no longer required then there should be no guidance advising of their continued use.
“This confusion and mixed messaging will discourage people from travelling to work, to the shops or from visiting visitor attractions across the country, making it harder for local economies to bounce back and for bus and coach to play a role in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality by taking cars off our roads.”