Freedom Day has arrived in the UK – the day when much of the remaining Covid restrictions we’ve been living in for over a year are lifted.
While this has paved the way for venues like nightclubs to open for the first time in 16 months, Boris Johnson urged be careful after cases soar in the UK, telling people: ‘This pandemic is not over yet.’
With that in mind, a question mark arises as to whether masks – which have been mandatory in indoor spaces for the past year – are still needed on trains, pipelines and buses as of today.
Do you still need a mask if you are planning a journey? Here’s what you need to know…
Do I still need a face covering on public transport after July 19?
Sajid Javid confirmed on July 12 that legal requirements to wear face masks on public transport, as well as in other enclosed spaces such as shops, will end on July 19 when other restrictions are lifted.
Technically, this means that it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks on trains, buses, pipelines or other forms of public transport after this date –
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of face covering – with many transport companies having set their own regulations on whether it is mandatory to wear masks from today.
London Transport says masks will continue to be mandatory on train, underground, underground and bus services, as well as on black taxis and private hire cars.
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said masks will be mandatory on the city’s Metrolink tram and also at Manchester Airport, while other parts of the country have urged passengers to continue wearing face coverings. if they are using public transport.
Most local mayors do not have the power to mandate face coverings – although transportation companies can set their own rules about whether they want passengers to wear them.
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has also outlined three situations where you might choose to wear a mask.
That is if you are in any situation staying indoors and seeing you in a crowded place or near other people, if required by the authorities, and as a courtesy if the other person is uncomfortable. when you’re not wearing a mask.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously said he was ‘very comfortable’ that transport companies had their own rules about wearing masks.
“We’re moving into this next phase where people use common sense and individual responsibility to decide these things, and I think that’s really a logical way to go,” he said. MPs in the Commons.
‘If the organizations require it as a condition of carriage then I am very comfortable with that and it is up to them.’
Several airlines, including Ryanair and EasyJet, have said that passengers will still have to wear masks on their flights.
It’s also important to note that these rules will only apply to England – in Scotland, face coverings will still be mandatory on public transport even after the lockdown is lifted on 9 May. 8 – no word on when that request might end.
They will also remain mandatory on trains and buses and taxis in Wales for the time being – while passengers travel to Wales traveling by train from England will have to wear a mask once they had crossed the Welsh border.
Officials in northern Ireland are expected to review the rules around face coverings in mid-August.
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