You can face on-the-spot fines for not covering your face on trains or buses from Monday – Latest News

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The new powers will include on the spot fines for those not following the rules. It is believed the on the spot fine will start at £80, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus press conference at No.10 Downing Street, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed new enforcement powers will come into effect on Monday.

The announcement was made at the government’s daily coronavirus press conference at No.10 Downing Street , where it was also confirmed people not wearing masks can be turned away from trains or buses

Grant Shapps speaking at No.10

A man wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus stop in central London

From Monday, people in England can be fined for not wearing face coverings on public transport, the government has confirmed.

He told the Downing Street briefing: “Remembering your face covering should be the same as picking up your phone, your wallet or your purse whenever you’re leaving your house.”

Mr Shapps said a “gentle approach” to enforcement would be used over the “first couple of days” after face coverings are made compulsory on public transport in England on Monday.

It was also once again stressed that face coverings were only part of a strategy, that would remain alongside social distancing, not touching your face and regularly washing your hands.

He also pointed out that the rules would be around face coverings – not just surgical masks – and pointed out there were now resources online to help people make their own face coverings at home.

The British Transport Police will have the power to hand out fines, it was also confirmed.

It is believed that young children, those with breathing difficulties and disabled people may be exempt from these rules once they are implemented.

After lockdown was imposed in March, restrictions have started to ease across the UK.

It was announced earlier today that Uber was also making it compulsory from Monday for passengers to wear face masks.

This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that people living alone would be allowed to visit others as part of a “support bubble”.

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