Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport in England from June 15, Grant Shapps has announced.
Travellers could be fined or refused permission to board buses or trains if they refuse to comply with the order.
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. 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.
London's mayor Sadiq Khan added:
I encourage anyone travelling on public transport, or anywhere you can’t keep a safe 2 metre distance, to wear a face covering, but from Monday 15 June, everyone must wear a covering over their nose and mouth for the entirety of any journeys made using the public transport network. This will be mandatory and will help everyone be safer.