Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport from June 15

From June 15, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport in England.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said members of the public will be required to wear face coverings if travelling on public transport.

People could be refused travel and even fined if they are not wearing a face covering.

Mr Shapps said people would not be required to wear medical level masks but any type of covering.

At the Downing Street press conference Mr Shapps said: “I can announce that as of Monday June 15 face coverings will become mandatory on public transport.

“That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings. It means the kind of face covering, you can easily make at home. There will be exemptions to these rules for very young children, for disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.”

He said: “We need to ensure every precaution is taken on buses, trains, aircraft, and on ferries.

“With more people using transport the evidence suggests wearing face coverings offers some – albeit limited – protection against the spread for the virus.”

Mr Shapps added “Of course frontline staff, those in contact with passengers, doing such an important job at this crucial time will also need to wear face coverings.

“In the coming days the Government will work with the unions, who’ve been supportive, for which I’m very grateful, transport operators and the police to ensure that they’ve the supplies they need to be safe and to provide reassurance to the public.

“These measures apply in England but we’re working with the devolved administrations ahead of implementation.”