Can I be fined for not wearing a face mask on public transport?


FROM today, Monday, June 15, face masks become mandatory on public transport in England.

The new rules apply on trains, tubes, buses, ferries and planes but people will not have to wear masks inside railway stations or bus terminals. Here’s the lowdown on what happens if you flout the rules.

Tube trains during Coronavirus

Could I be fined for not wearing a face mask on public transport?

The public will face fines if they don’t wear a mask on public transport, Grant Shapps confirmed.

It is believed the on the spot fine for not wearing a mask will be £80.

The Transport Secretary insisted that people would be refused travel or would have to cough up if they disobey the rules.

He announced people would have to don a face mask and cover up when getting on any form of public transport from June 15.

British Transport Police will be enforcing the rules and will be on patrol to make sure people are wearing them.

Tube passengers during the coronavirus pandemic

Mr Shapps said that it would be an England-only rule, but he expects that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow suit.

He said: “You can be refused travel if you don’t comply and you could be fined.”

A new nationwide advertising campaign will be rolled out so everyone knows the new rules. 

The Department of Health said previously, after considering the latest scientific advice from SAGE, that face coverings can help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

They stressed that the evidence shows face coverings can stop you passing coronavirus on to others, if you are asymptomatic or have yet to develop symptoms.

How much will I be fined?

Anyone breaking lockdown rules currently faces a £60 fine.

And as of June 8 anyone breaking mandatory 14-day quarantines when coming into the UK will face a fine of up to £1000.

Priti Patel has confirmed there will be spot checks.

The guidelines state that children under the age of three should not wear masks, nor should anyone who may find it difficult to manage them safely. This includes primary age children and those with respiratory conditions.

The Government also warned that for face coverings to be effective, people must wash their hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Masks aren’t necessary if you’re outside, while exercising, at schools or in offices.

People with breathing difficulties or with young children will not have to wear masks.

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