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COVID-19: Face coverings mandatory on public transport in England from June 15th


Image: Sky News

Wearing a face covering on public transport in England will be compulsory from 15 June, the transport secretary has announced.

Speaking at the latest coronavirus news conference in Downing Street, Grant Shapps said people can be refused travel if they do not comply and could be fined.

People with disabilities and breathing difficulties will be exempt, as will young children.

Image:At the moment, passengers on public transport are advised to wear a face covering

He said "we need to ensure every precaution is taken" on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries as the COVID-19 lockdown is relaxed further and passenger numbers increase.

People should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before one is put on or taken off, while coverings should also be washed regularly.

At the moment, passengers are advised to wear a face covering but are not prevented from boarding transport without one.

Mr Shapps said changes would be made to the conditions of travel for trains and buses, which "will mean that you can be refused travel if you don't comply and you could be fined".

"Alongside transport operators, this will be enforced by the British Transport Police if necessary, but I expect the vast majority of people won't need to be forced into this," he added.

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My view: Face masks should have been mandatory since 1st of March.

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