To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, for what reasons it is Government policy that (a) bus and (b) train passengers are responsible for providing their own face masks or face coverings rather than the Government supplying that protective equipment to those passengers.
Bus and train passengers are responsible for providing their own face coverings as Government guidance is clear that face coverings can be as simple as a piece of fabric - such as a scarf or bandana - that covers the nose and mouth. As there is no set standard, we expect that everyone should be able to provide their own face covering for their journey. Face coverings are not the same as face masks. It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.
In addition to this, to help introduce the policy we distributed over 2 million face coverings which were donated to HMG, to local transport, rail and maritime operators across the country for use by passengers and the transport workforce.