Wearing face coverings on public transport to become compulsory from June 15

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Wearing face coverings on public transport will become compulsory in England from 15 June.

At tonight’s coronavirus press briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that face coverings will become mandatory on public transport in England.

Passengers who do not comply will be fined, but there will be exceptions for “very” young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties, it has been announced.

“We need to ensure every precaution is taken,” says Shapps, “face coverings offer some – albeit limited – protection”.

He continued by saying it is a “great time” to start cycling, and that the government has seen a “100% increase in weekday cycling.”

“We stand on the verge of a new transport revolution,” he says.

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