Man uses snake as face mask

The use of face coverings is mandatory on public transport in Britain, to prevent the close-contact spread of the coronavirus.

By   |  Published: 16th Sep 2020  2:00 pm

Public transport bosses in northwest England clarified the rules on face coverings after a bus passenger was spotted with a snake around his neck and mouth.

The commuter was spotted on a bus bound for Manchester, but fellow passengers initially believed he was wearing a colourful face covering, the Manchester Evening News reported.

“At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the hand rails,” one witness was quoted as saying.

“No one was really bothered on the bus, but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.” Photos of the man, dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans, showed what appeared to be a python coiled around his neck and face, but he was not wearing a mask as required underneath.

The use of face coverings is mandatory on public transport in Britain, to prevent the close-contact spread of the coronavirus.

Some exceptions are allowed, such as for people with health conditions or young children.

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesman said government guidance stipulated face coverings could be surgical masks, scarves or bandanas.

“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,” he added.