Reading relies on goodwill of customers
Reading Buses calls on passengers to show respect to others regarding face mask decision
Reading Buses says it is to rely on the goodwill of its customers to be respectful to each other and wear a face covering from 19 July.
At the same time, the bus operator says it also respects that face coverings onboard public transport, including buses, will be a personal choice for each traveller.
“We will be adopting government guidance as we have done throughout the pandemic” – Robert Williams, Reading Buses CEO
Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer, Robert Williams, said: “We will be adopting government guidance as we have done throughout the pandemic.
“We understand that people will still want everyone to wear a face covering when travelling and we would encourage people to do so to help support and protect each other.
“At the same time Reading Buses want to reassure people that it will still be safe to use a bus.
“All of the other measures we have in place such as keeping the windows open for good ventilation, enhanced cleaning regimes, having hand sanitiser available on every bus, and the physical separation of the driver, continue to still be in place.
“Even if sitting near strangers, the majority of our seats are forward-facing and high backed which provides more protection than sitting face-to-face with somebody.
“It was very rare that our buses were full and crowded before Covid so there is no reason to expect things will suddenly change. On double deck buses it is also worth checking to see if there is more space upstairs.
“The risk should therefore be minimal to anyone travelling with us – especially if they elect to wear a face covering themselves.”