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School Buses and face masks

14 Jul 2020

 Face masks are now a requirement by law on public transport.  This rule does not apply to home to school transport services, but care needs to be taken regards the way the school service is registered.  

 

Whilst children on the closed home to school bus service do not have to wear a mask, it is not the case when the service is registered as a local service bus and open to the general public.  When the home to school transport is an open service available to anyone wanting to use it, it then becomes mandatory for all the passengers to wear a mask.

 

The operator of the home to school service will need to do a risk assessment and this has to be in writing with a copy kept.  Backhouse Jones, the well respected industry solicitors, have some templates operators are able to request at a reasonable cost.   

 

More information:   

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators