WEST Midlands Mayor Andy Street says he has a ‘clear expectation’ that people will continue to wear face masks on public transport.
His comments come as the government lifts Covid restrictions this coming Monday, July 19.
Mr Street said: “Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) does not have the power to make face coverings mandatory across all modes of public transport.
“Any change in the law around the wearing of face coverings must come from Government.
“We do however have a clear expectation of all passengers to continue to wear their face coverings across all modes of public transport.
“We will have staff out and about at stations and on services relaying this message and handing out masks where needed.
“Myself and TfWM believe that wearing face coverings on public transport has an important role to play in protecting staff and vulnerable passengers.
“We would ask all passengers to join in this collective effort.”
In a statement Transport for West Midlands is offering the following advice for passengers using public transport from July 19:
Plan ahead and travel safely and avoid peak travel times if you have a choice.
We expect you to continue to wear a face covering across all modes of public transport.
You should continue to use public transport respectfully – wear a face covering, wash hands and give people space.
As restrictions ease, guidance remains in place from the government. Many customers will still want to wear a face covering to feel more comfortable around others.
There are still vulnerable people within our communities, on and off public transport, so please respect others and let’s travel together safely.
Staff have worked hard throughout the pandemic to keep customers safe and will continue to do so. Continuing to wear a face covering will help you keep them safe too.
As restrictions ease, transport services and roads are likely to be busier so please plan ahead.
Thank you to the millions of passengers who have followed guidance over the past 18 months to protect others.