Unite calls for passengers to cover faces

Trade union Unite has called for all passengers to cover faces when using London’s buses to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The call came after the trade union welcomed the news that TfL buses will be practising central-door-only boarding on its buses.

Unite’s London and Eastern regional secretary, Pete Kavanagh, said: “We have 20,000 bus workers across the capital. They have lost colleagues and friends in recent weeks – with the total number of deaths now at 20. They need to see all the support that they can muster from the Mayor, the employers and TfL so that they can assure their loved ones that they are being kept safe at work.

“We now need to see government introduce emergency measures requiring members of the public to cover their faces while using London transport. This is shown to prevent individuals spreading the virus to others, rather than protecting those wearing a mask or a face covering, and it is vital for the safety of our members.

“There also needs to be more signage and announcements on buses and public transport to remind passengers to adhere to social distancing and safety measures, as well as strict rules on the maximum number of passengers buses can take at any one time.”

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