From Monday the 15th of June 2020, face coverings will be required by all using public transport to stop the spread of Covid-19.
On the 4th of June 2020 the Transport Secretary, Grant Schapps announced that from the 15th of June face coverings will be mandatory on the following forms of public transport; buses, trams, trains, coaches, aircraft and ferries with the exception of very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
As many of our clients begin their returns to work we want to make the rules clear and answer any questions you may have.
Who should be wearing a face-covering?
From Monday the 15th of June 2020 everyone using public transport in England* should be wearing a face covering, with the exception of very young children, those who have breathing difficulties, or those with a disability which prevents them safely wearing one.
How will this be enforced?
Grant Schapps stated that the use of face coverings will become a condition for travel, much like a ticket if the individual does not have one, they will not be able to travel, with the British Transport Police having powers to enforce the new laws.
What is the punishment for non-compliance?
During the briefing, it was announced that those who don’t comply with the new laws could be subject to a fine, however full details including the maximum amount for the fine have not yet been announced.
How can I make a face covering?
The government urged individuals to make their own face coverings to protect the supply chain of surgical masks and PPE to the NHS, please see below a Youtube video guide on how to make your own.
How to wear your mask
*At the time of writing, face coverings are recommended to be worn on public transport in Scotland, with Wales and Northern Ireland not currently providing any advice on the use.