From 17th May, the advice to bus operators in England on restricting on-board capacity will be eased - although not abolished completely.
From Monday 17th May the advice will be that all forward-facing seats can be occupied. Sideways- and rear-facing seats should continue to be labelled as "out of use" and standing passengers should not be permitted, except for passengers with disabilities.
Masks should continue to be worn except where the passenger has a medical exemption. Windows should be left open to allow ventilation and passengers should continue to spread themselves out on less busy journeys.
The changes advice follows a risk-based case made by the Confederation of Passenger Transport, which believes that continuing with existing capacity restriction risks long-term damage to patronage. The current restrictions create difficulties at busy times and some customers could be diverted to "unsustainable modes".Edited: May 13, 2021, 1:21 am