June 4, 2020 / 4:25 PM / a month ago

UK to make face coverings compulsory on public transport

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) - Face coverings will be compulsory for passengers on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries in England from June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

“As of Monday 15th of June, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport,” he told a daily COVID-19 news conference. “That doesn’t mean surgical masks, which we must keep for clinical settings, it means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home.

“The evidence suggests that wearing face coverings offers some, albeit limited, protection, against the spread of the virus,” he added. (Reporting by David Milliken and Estelle Shirbon, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

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