In the UK, train operating companies, major bus companies and coach companies do not need masks

According to industry groups, domestic rail operators, major bus companies and coach companies will not require passengers to wear face covers for services in the UK starting Monday.

The shipping company has the power to keep customers away who refuse to cover their nose or mouth, even if the legal requirements are lifted on July 19.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “expects and recommends” that people continue to wear face covers in “crowded and closed spaces such as public transport.”

Cross-channel rail company Eurostar and airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair will continue to require passengers to wear face covers starting July 19.

However, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), a rail industry group, has announced that all rail operators in the country, including Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express and South East, will not go that far.

An RDG spokesman said:

“Train movement is low risk and most of the cars are well ventilated by air conditioning systems or doors and windows.”

The Passenger Transport Federation (CPT), which represents major bus and coach operators such as the National Express and Megabass, has announced that its members will no longer be required to wear face covers from Monday.

A CPT spokesman said: “Especially in busy places, we expect many people to follow the Prime Minister’s call and continue to wear face covers as a courtesy to others.

“But passengers will find it difficult to understand why the prime minister chose public transport as the place to cover his face when various other activities share its characteristics.

“Now we need to see clear guidance for operators and customers, but in the absence of regulation, it’s important to respect everyone’s right to choose whether or not to wear a face cover.”

Neil Lancefield

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