Passengers were left in shock as a man boarded a bus covering his neck and mouth with a snake instead of a mask in Salford.
Many people were dumbstruck at the sight of a man using the large reptile, which he hung around his neck as face-covering while boarding the Swinton to Manchester service at Salford precinct on Monday.
A woman who had boarded the same bus said that at first, she thought the man was wearing a “funky mask” until she spotted the snake slithering over handrails. The astounded passengers starred as the man clearly made a mockery of the compulsory wearing of face coverings on public transport in England.
The transport managers in Greater Manchester disapproved the use of a snake as a face-covering in public. A female passenger confirmed that no one seemed to be bothered by the snake, while another man behind took a video.
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.”
The 46-year-old eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It was definitely entertaining. No one batted an eyelid.”