Buses and masks – changes 15/6/20
On Monday 15th June 2020, in addition to the requirement to wear a mask when using public transport, there are changes to local services as well.
For locals on Gamesley, the main change is that the 341 Glossop, Gamesley to Hyde service will return to its pre-Covid-19 timetable.
This means that services will change from running on a roughly two-hourly basis to every hour – along with a more regular service to Simmondley.
You can view the timetable at http://antmck.uk/uw
Also changing on Monday, is the 236/7 Glossop, to Ashton Under Lyne service.
It will continue with its essentially once an hour service on each route, with one of the changes being that the evening/night service will return to hourly journeys on the 237, rather than the two-hourly version of the last few weeks.
The 237 after 10 will return to just running from Glossop centre, and there will be half an hour between each service for the bulk of the day with 237’s leaving Glossop Market Hall at 13 mins past the hour and 236’s at 43 mins past the hour.
You can view the timetable at http://antmck.uk/uv
At current, there are no changes advised for High Peak Buses services which include the 394 from Glossop to Stepping Hill Hospital.
The grapevine advises that their management is meeting later this week, so changes may happen then.
As flagged above, with effect from Monday 15th June, you will have to wear a face-covering whilst using public transport.
This covering does not have to be a medical mask, and can be a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose while still allowing you to breath comfortably, for example, a scarf or bandana that ties snugly behind the head.
You can also buy a face-covering, but the Government has put together a guide showing you how you can make your own. Check out the Government guide.
All passengers on buses will have to wear a mask unless exempt.
Who is exempt?
- a child under the age of 11
- an employee of the transport operator, when they are acting in the course of their employment
- any other person providing services to the transport operator, under arrangements made with the transport operator, who is providing those services
- a constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty
- an emergency responder such as a paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
- an official, for example, a border force officer, acting in the course of their duties
- Anyone else who has a justifiable reason on the grounds of health or disability
The bus companies are also asking that you follow the advice on using face coverings closely, which is to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on and after taking it off, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you’ve had an opportunity to wash them.
Capacity restrictions also still apply at the moment for buses, meaning that buses may be full and you will be unable to travel if it is.