Unite Wales has today warmly welcomed the decision by Arriva to make the use of face coverings compulsory, aside from a small number of exceptions, on their bus services across Wales.


The decision by Arriva is in line with Unite's call for the Welsh government to ensure face coverings are mandatory on public transport. The Welsh government this week made the use of face coverings only a recommendation for travellers on Welsh public transport. 

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Regional Secretary, commented:

“Unite Wales warmly welcomes Arriva’s decision to make face coverings compulsory for those using its bus services across Wales. Despite the current Welsh Government position of only recommending their use, Arriva has taken the common sense approach. This decision will increase safety on their buses and increase the confidence of the general public to travel with them.

"Welsh government must now realise that they should not be leaving important public health decisions such as this in the hands of transport providers. It is time for Welsh government to review its decision and make face coverings compulsory on public transport in Wales. If this does not happen, Unite would encourage all bus operators in Wales to put the health and safety of drivers and passengers first, and adopt the same stance that Arriva has taken on face coverings.”



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