Published on : Thursday, November 19, 2020
The authorities have recently decided to introduce a complete ban on consumption of alcohol within Scotland’s rail network. Visitors will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol or trains or at stations in Scotland from Monday, ScotRail has announced.
Keeping health safety as priority, this temporary policy has been implemented by the authorities to ensure public health betterment and support health safety measures during the Covid pandemic.
ScotRail said the new measures would help to maintain the physical distancing required while travelling. They said it would support greater use of face coverings. However, this is not a permanent decision and the measures would be reviewed continuously as government guidelines change.
They said the restrictions would be supported by the British Transport Police, who would assist railway staff where required to ensure that people followed the guidance. The consumption of alcohol is currently banned on ScotRail services between 21:00 and 10.00. David Lister, ScotRail sustainability and safety assurance director, opined that they have requested all travellers on train or passing the stations to follow the new norm and comply with the decisions of the authorities as long as they are on the railway premises.
Mick Hogg, RMT regional organiser, added further that RMT has welcomed this ban on alcohol that will help to keep the staffs and passengers safe, and they are even encouraging all members to wear body cameras which will help to keep everyone safe while these restrictions are in place.