Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport from Monday June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed yesterday.
The new rule for buses, trains and ferries is being introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus as more people go back to work and school and shops start to re-open. Click here for handy Q and A.
Everyone must wear a face covering when making a journey and this is to be a condition of travel, said Mr Shapps. Not wearing one could lead to a fine or being refused travel.
Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties would be exempt, he said.
Passengers should wear the kind of face covering that can be made at home. They should cover the mouth and nose and can be something as simple as a scarf or a bandana tied snugly behind the head. How to make a cloth face covering.
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Face coverings must be worn on public transport from June 15.
“It is important that people follow the Government instruction and adapt to this new way of travelling.
“We believe people will use their common sense and support efforts to fight Covid-19 by wearing a face covering on all forms of public transport. On the Metro system people should do this at all times when on stations and trains.
“This is being implemented in the interests of public health, so I urge people to follow the new rule when they need to make a journey.
“We are now working with the transport industry to make sure there is a consistent approach to this new rule. This is so that we can provide the clearest and most helpful guidance to customers.
“It is really easy to wear a face covering. It can be a scarf, a bandana, or a snood, as long as it covers the nose and the mouth.
“A range of measures are in place to ensure that local public transport services are Covid-secure and that people can travel with confidence. Passengers should follow floor and wall markings to maintain social distancing, travelling outside peak periods, wear a face covering, and considering cycling, walking, or the car as alternative modes of travel.”
The rule change on face coverings coincides with the planned re-opening of non-essential retail and return of some secondary school pupils in England from 15 June, something which is likely to increase passenger numbers on local public transport services.