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05.06.20

Face coverings to become compulsory on public transport

From Monday 15th June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced yesterday (June 4th) that the government will work with operators to make it mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England.

Wherever possible it is advised people should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.

Transport usage has been slowly increasing, including on the tube which has seen around 20% rise this week compared to last week.

The changes will be made under legislation such as the National Rail Conditions of Travel and Public Service Vehicle Regulations for buses. While the government expects the vast majority of people to comply with the changes, operators will be able to refuse travel or issue penalty fines for those who fail to wear a face covering, in a similar way to the rules on having ticket for travel.  

British Transport Police will also support the implementation of these changes.

The Transport Secretary said: “People should continue to avoid public transport wherever possible. But, as restrictions are carefully eased when it is safe to do so, it’s likely that we will see more people needing to use public transport.

“So, while respecting social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene remain the most important steps, we can all take to stay safe, wearing a face covering can play a role in helping us to protect each other.

“This is about the small changes we can take to help control the virus, which is why I urge everyone using transport to wear a face covering, to help keep us all safer.”

Image: Transport for London 

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