Bus passenger 'uses snake as a face mask'

A man was spotted sitting on a bus with a snake wrapped around his neck forcing transport bosses to clarify what is and isn’t considered a face covering.

The bus passenger and his snake, which was wrapped around the man’s neck and mouth, were seen on a bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday.

Pictures showed the man was not wearing a mask under the snake.

One passenger, who asked not to be named, said she initially thought the man was wearing a “funky mask” before she spotted it slithering over the hand rails, according to the Manchester Evening News.



A 46-year-old bus passenger, who did not wish to be named, told the Manchester Evening News the sight was “definitely entertaining”.

She said: “He had it wrapped around his face like a mask getting on the bus.

“At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the hand rails.

“No one was really bothered on the bus but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.”

Using a face covering on public transport is mandatory, except for those who are exempt for reasons of age, health or disability.

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said: “Government guidance clearly states that this needn’t be a surgical mask, and that passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin – especially when still attached to the snake.”

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