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Media release: Govt should actively encourage masks when physical distancing can’t happen on transport

Jul 21, 2020Media

The NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union is calling on the NSW Government to provide all public transport workers with masks if they request the equipment and actively encourage mask wearing on public transport when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

RTBU Tram and Bus Division Secretary David Babineau said, “If we want to keep on top of this Covid health crisis, the Berejiklian Government must do everything possible now to protect passengers and workers on our bus and light rail networks.

“At a very minimum, workers should be provided with masks if they request this protection and everyone should be urged to wear mask at points of congexstion on the bus network where physical distancing can’t be maintained.

“Our members have been doing their essential jobs every day during this pandemic. They deserve personal protective equipment, if requested, to help keep them, their family and commuters safer.

“While passenger limits are in place, the reality is bottlenecks occur and it’s patchy whether people adhere to them.

“We have continually advocated for increased safety measures for bus drivers and passengers in particular during this crisis because of the mutual exposure,” Mr Babineau said.