Carry on wearing masks on buses, says mayor Dan

Carry on wearing masks on buses, says mayor Dan

By Michael Upton | 25/01/2022

Carry on wearing masks on buses, says mayor Dan


SOUTH Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis has called for passengers to carry on wearing masks on public transport to avoid causing a fresh Covid spike.

Amid falling case numbers across the country, restrictions requiring face coverings on buses and trains will be officially withdrawn on Thursday.

But Mr Jarvis told a meeting of South Yorkshire’s mayoral combined authority on Monday that the safety measure was still recommended in our region.

“Because of the care taken by people across South Yorkshire, the number of boost jabs in arms and the efforts of our colleagues in the NHS, and our army of fantastic volunteers, we are just about holding the line,” he said.

“We are just ahead of an intolerable pressure on our health and social care services.

“Whilst Omicron is a milder variant, that is not to say, for many, the impact is mild.

“The case rates are falling but the numbers are extremely high, and we’ve seen a number of admissions leading to pressure on an already over-stretched NHS, and people are still dying.”

The city region mayor said he supported the easing of restrictions but added: “I remain cautious and urge us all to do everything we can to break the chain of transmissions so we can protect the vulnerable and our NHS.”

Mr Jarvis said passengers continued to be encouraged to wear face coverings in interchanges and on buses, trains and trams.