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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England

Commenting on the announcement that face coverings will become mandatory on public transport in England from Monday 15 June, Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said:

“People thinking of returning to public transport have told us they want face coverings to be used by all passengers. The Government’s decision will provide welcome clarity and will boost pressure on others to cover up.

“Passengers will now need clear information on where best to find a face covering, if they will be handed out at stations and if they will be turned away if they aren’t wearing one.”

Notes to editors

In Transport Focus’s latest survey 63 per cent of people would not be happy using public transport unless passengers are required to wear face masks or covering.


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