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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport

Author: Wardah Sempa | Friday 5th June 2020

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The transport secretary has said that wearing face coverings will be compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June. Grant Shapps said "every precaution" must be taken as passenger numbers were expected to increase when lockdown measures were eased further. Coverings must be worn on buses, trams, trains, coaches, aircraft and ferries. Very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties would be exempt, he said.

This news comes after the UK recorded the deaths of another 176 people who tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the UK to 39,904.

peaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, Mr Shapps said face coverings would be "a condition of travel" and not wearing one could "ultimately" lead to a fine.