Shocked passengers watched on as the man removed the snake from around his neck and allowed it to wrap itself around the hand rails of the bus.
The bloke was spotted boarding the Swinton to Manchester service at Salford precinct on Monday with a huge reptile hugging his neck and face like a “really funky mask”.
One man has found an unusual way to comply with mandatory face coverings on public transport, wrapping an enormous reptile around himself in lieu of a normal mask
“He had it wrapped around his face like a mask getting on the bus,” the 46-year-old told Manchester Evening News.
A man appeared to find an unusual alternative to a mask on a bus in Salford, wrapping an enormous snake around his face instead.
One anonymous witness said the sight was “definitely entertaining”.
Face coverings are mandatory on all public transport in the UK to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
“No one was really bothered on the bus but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.”
“At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the hand rails.
Under the rule, which came into effect on June 15, operators have the power to prevent passengers who refuse to follow the rules from travelling and police can issue fines of £100 to rule-breakers.
Passengers can wear masks, scarves, bandanas and other textile items to cover their faces, as long as they “securely fit round the side of the face”, according to Government advice.
It’s dubious how effective a snake would be at blocking microbes.
In July a clip of an Australian woman wearing a KFC takeaway box as a mask went viral on social media.
The pandemic has seen people use some very unusual items as mask alternatives, with multiple instances of people using underwear as a makeshift (but very unsanitary) face covering.