Passengers are increasingly complying with mandatory face coverings on Bus Éireann services

Buses can now fill to 50% capacity, easing constraints

Bus Éireann, Ireland’s national bus company, has observed a substantial increase in the number of passengers using face coverings, ranging from 50 to 90 per cent on most routes on the first day they became mandatory.  Bus Éireann welcomed the Government’s decision last week as part of the Phase 3 Roadmap to enable increased capacity on public transport to 50 per cent and the mandatory wearing of face coverings, and has updated its Terms and Conditions of Carriage accordingly.

“We are delighted to see that Bus Éireann passengers are taking personal responsibility in this matter, protecting their fellow passengers and driver,” said Brian Connolly, Regional Operations Manager, West. 

“It has been shown that wearing face coverings will help to protect each other and will also help protect our dedicated employees who continue to deliver essential public transport services throughout this crisis.  We have been urging people to use face coverings for many weeks and the mandatory message has already been clearly received and welcomed by the majority of passengers. We look forward to seeing everyone cooperating with this new requirement, apart from those who may be exempted for medical reasons,” he concluded

Bus Éireann drivers are also required to use a face covering during customer interactions, for example when customers are boarding or alighting from the bus.  Drivers will be strongly encouraging and educating people that they now must wear a face covering, while maintaining distancing where possible and we look forward to the continued support of our customers to help protect both themselves and our employees.

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020