Unite the union has reacted with disappointment to the decision by the Welsh government not to make the use of face coverings on public transport in Wales mandatory. Vaughan Gething, health minister, today announced that the Welsh government was instead 'recommending' the use of three-layer face coverings on public transport.

Speaking today Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary, commented: "The Welsh government’s announcement today that it only recommends the use of face coverings on public transport is very disappointing. As a union representing tens of thousands of frontline workers in Wales, including bus drivers, this falls well short of our members call for their use to be compulsory.

"The WHO has recently backed the wearing of face coverings and the Welsh government should be reflecting this in its decisions. The wearing of face coverings has been shown to reduce transmission of Covid-19 and would improve safety for both drivers and passengers alike. If Wales is going to start getting back to work, then public confidence in the safety of public transport is essential. Making face coverings compulsory is the best and simplest way of achieving this.

"Unite is calling upon the Welsh government to urgently review its decision and take the common sense approach on this. This is not the time for caution and confusion, make face coverings compulsory on public transport and let us work together to get Wales safely moving again."

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.