Passengers have largely been following the new rule and wearing face coverings on the Tyne and Wear Metro, operator Nexus has confirmed.
The Government has made face coverings compulsory on all modes of public transport from today, Monday June 15, in the interests of public health.
The new rule for buses, trains and ferries has been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus as more people go back to work and schools and shops re-open.
Nexus estimates that around 95% of passengers were following the new rule on day one of its introduction.
Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “A big thank you goes to all of our passengers who have been wearing face coverings on public transport from today.
“We estimate that around 95% of people on the Metro system were wearing one, which is a great level of uptake already.
“All passengers should be wearing a face covering. This is a new Government rule which has been introduced in the interests of public health.
“The face covering must cover the nose and the mouth and can be something as simple as a scarf, snood or a bandanna tied snugly behind the head.
“This is a simple step that we can all take in the national fight against coronavirus and it is something that all people should stick to.”
Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing a face covering.
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.