One in 10 passengers on public transport breaking face covering rule

Kit Heren
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An ONS survey revealed the majority of people who test positive for coronavirus weren't experiencing symptoms on the day of the test: PA
An ONS survey revealed the majority of people who test positive for coronavirus weren't experiencing symptoms on the day of the test: PA

One in 10 public transport users in Britain are breaking rules on mandatory face coverings designed to stop the spread of Covid-19, Grant Shapps has said.

The Transport Secretary took to Twitter to urge people to wear masks or other coverings to "help keep each other safe".

Face coverings have been mandatory on public transport in England since June 15, followed by Scotland on June 22 - with Northern Ireland and Wales adding the new rule in July.

Anyone caught not wearing a face covering could be fined £100 and kicked off the service they are using.

Mr Shapps said figures from British Transport Police and Transport for London show 285 passengers have been issued with penalty notices for non-compliance, 6,275 have been asked to leave the transport network and 80,294 have been reminded of the rules.

The Government has said that face coverings are "moderately beneficial as a precautionary measure".

A woman wearing a mask on the Tube (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wearing a mask on the Tube (AFP via Getty Images)

People with certain health conditions like asthma, children under 11 and disabled people are exempt from wearing the coverings on public transport.

Face coverings can be a scarf, a piece of cloth or a mask.