Coronavirus: Who should wear a face mask or face covering?

BBC just published this article –

Face coverings on public transport – and for hospital staff, outpatients and visitors – are compulsory in England.

This is in line with new World Health Organization (WHO) advice. It says non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.

What are the face covering rules on public transport?

Anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England should wear a face covering to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The new rules coincided with a further easing of lockdown – including the return to class of some secondary school pupils and the reopening of non-essential shops.

The number of people using public transport is expected to increase.

The government stresses people should:

  • Continue home working if possible
  • Avoid public transport if they can’t work from home
  • Avoid the rush hour on public transport

Some passengers will be exempt from the new rules including:

  • Children under 11
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading

If it is “reasonably necessary” for you to eat or drink you can remove the face covering to do so.

The rules will apply only on public transport – not while waiting – but the rail industry will ask people to cover their face as they enter a station.

People could be refused travel if they don’t follow the rules. They could also be fined, but this will be the last resort.

Public transport excludes cruise ships, school transport, taxis and private hire vehicles. However, ride-sharing company Uber is making face coverings compulsory.


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  1. I only ordered mine on the 7th of October and received them this morning 9th October, I’m really pleased with them, I wear glasses all the time and cannot wear a normal mask because my glasses steam up, but with this I have great visibility and no problem with my glasses steaming up.
    I will be buying more.

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