Face coverings return to public transport

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Following the decision by the Government to return to the mandatory use of face coverings on public transport in England from 30 November, a spokesperson for the Confederation of Passenger Transport said: “Operators will be communicating to passengers that it now a legal requirement to wear a face covering unless exempt and reminding them of their responsibility to comply with this change of approach, which the police will enforce. As they have throughout the pandemic, we expect passengers will work with operators to ensure passengers can travel safely. People can still have the confidence to travel by bus with measures to improve ventilation and tools such as apps to allow customers to see how busy their bus is in place.”

The requirements to wear a face covering in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain unchanged.