From the 15th of June, the Transport Secretary has stated that it will be compulsory to wear face masks/coverings when using public transport. The aim of the measures is to help stop asymptomatic people passing the virus on to others and act as a visible reminder of the need for distancing and measures such as hand washing.

Under the conditions of carriage, travel operators could refuse to let passengers on board if they are not covering their face, and fines may be imposed for anyone who flouts the new rules. However, exceptions will apply for children under the age of two, disabled people, and those who have breathing difficulties.

It also emerged that ministers could relax the two-metre regulation if people get into the habit of wearing face masks in all public places, but this has not been confirmed or made compulsory at this point.

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