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Letter: Bus facemask policy needs tightening by government

Has anyone else encountered the following? I travelled on a bus for the first time on Monday, 6 July, suitably masked.  Of three of us upstairs two of us wore masks one person did not, which I assumed must have been because of a medical condition.

However, on the journey home I was one of four people travelling on the upstairs and I was the only one wearing a mask.

Having asked the bus driver how that was possible as I understood that if you didn’t have a mask you couldn’t travel on public transport.   

I was told that drivers were not allowed to challenge anyone travelling without a face covering.

I had intended writing a complaint to the bus company, but decided to check the government guidelines, and to my horror discovered the amount of exemptions was a complete joke.

Quite frankly, I feel that responsible people are being put at risk by many who just can’t be bothered to consider the people around them.

I am in complete agreement with people who have a medical condition not wearing masks, but it should be possible to confirm this. I also think the government need to take a serious look at the guidelines and tighten them considerably, before we enter a second spike.

  • regards, P. Wood (Mrs)


  1. I totally agree with your reader in that there need to be more stringent measures with this policy of face-mask wearers on public transport. It appears to me that at present anyone could claim they have a medical need not to wear a mask without needing to prove it. Basically, the whole system is therefore open to abuse. And, I’m sorry to say there will be a number of people who will think nothing of using this abuse.

  2. I totally agree that the whole thing needs to be tightened up, I thought it was everyone had to ware a mask to enter or travel on a bus. The number of people with a mask on their chin or just over their mouth and not covering their nose is ridiculous. I have been shielded and hardly been out of the Curtilage of my property since March, today I had to visit the doctors surgery and the chemist while wearing a mask, a lady in about sixty-ish came towards me with another lady who I assume was her mum, she clung to to wall and guided her “mum” against the wall, I think seeing the mask she thought I had Covid 19. l was going to say to her you should also be wearing a mask as it is me that is protecting you not the other way round. Some people are really stupid and should all be made to ware a mask, no matter what there age, it is the mask wearers who are protecting the rest of the population.


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